Project Recipe: Weaving a Grandmother’s Letters into a Story

Insight from a published author about a book in progress
This very special event features Kathryn Graven, acclaimed author of “Memoirs of a Mask Maker” as she discusses a new project in progress. This is a bit of a diversion from our usual Project Recipe events that focus on completed projects. There’s a special reason.

Kathy’s recently published “Memoirs,” honors the women who helped her stitch her life back together after tragic loss. This deeply personal book pulls a narrative thread from Kathy’s personal story to share insight about tending grief and reclaiming joy. With decades of experience as a journalist to inform her process, Kathy is a pro.

As you’ll read in “Memoirs of a Mask Maker,” Kathy developed an extraordinary bond with her “Grama Helen” as she grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their connection gave Kathy the strength to explore new worlds, crave adventure, and ultimately inspire others.

In this Project Recipe event, we get to hear from Kathy shortly after her return from a trip to India retracing her grandmother’s journey there 100 years ago. Helen had been posted to Madras, India as a teacher from 1923 to 1926. The trail starts with an invaluable collection of letters Kathy discovered in her family archives in Minnesota. These were the letters she’d exchanged with her future husband and parents about daily life, and her observations and insights. Kathy is combing through the timelines, characters, and artifacts to find the hook for this next book.

Recording, recipe & resources free to Projectkin members
At the conclusion, all Projectkin members will get a link to the Project Recipe (with allowances for this variation), any shared links and resources, and the recording.

This program will be held online via Google Meet.

Google Meet runs in your browser, so there’s nothing to download. Recordings are generally available 2-4 hours after each event and include a searchable transcript. The recording will be shared with all Projectkin members.

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Mar 21 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 21 2024
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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