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Honoring Your Life Stories: A Memoir Writing Workshop for Beginners
January 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
What gives your life meaning? Which events, personal and global, shaped the person you are today? What life lessons have you learned? Each life contains millions of stories. Come prepared to create personal narratives from your own life stories, from the everyday to the extraordinary. With the help of prompts, as well as excerpts and writing advice from well-known, non-fiction essayists, we will cover such topics as battling writing perfectionism, dialogue, brainstorming, organization, editing, and more. Participants will have the optional opportunity to share their work in a welcoming and fun workshop setting. This class promises to be a wonderful way to make your own stories into keepsakes, to hone your writing skills, to get to know others in your community, and to hear and learn from their stories. This class is open to writers of all genres and levels of experience, but will be tailored particularly for beginners. Please bring a journal and writing utensil (or a laptop if you prefer) for in-class exercises. The instructor is Allison Kirkland, a graduate of Duke University with a degree in English, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from The New School in New York City. She has worked in publishing and arts administration, but her passion is showing others how to craft their own life stories. The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The six-week class will be held from Tuesday, January 10, 2017 through Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The class fee is $45.00.