Margaret Bigger knows a tale when she hears one.
For 29 years, she has been recording either her own stories, her family’s or other people’s tales of war, prohibition, weddings, funerals and church-going, self-publishing and editing collections of stories, or writing books of her own.
A good listener and writer and a mentor-like editor, Bigger has written or edited 24 books in her 73 years.
But it is her book “Recalling Your Memories on Paper, Tape or Videotape,” published in 1996 and now in its second printing, that launched her career as a teacher about saving memories and creating memoirs.
Across a tray of hot tea, the Southern author recently talked from her Foxcroft East home about teaching others.
“Actually, I was teaching the class over and over again and thought it would be good to write a book and use some of my students’ experiences to make it much more interesting,” she said. “So I sort of backed into the book from teaching.”
Bigger has taught the memory-writing course since 1989 at Central Piedmont Community College, Queens University of Charlotte, the Shepherd’s Center in Charlotte, at retirement centers in three states and as an annual fundraiser for the Charlotte Writers’ Club.
Via Charles Tiayon, Susan Golab