Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming

Events

First Monday, First Person

Join us on the first Monday of every month except for Monday holidays at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison, WI. We meet from 6 to 7:45 pm.
  • Enjoy light refreshments and share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people, first Monday of most months. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback. Listeners welcome as well as readers.
Next Salon: October 7th

Guided Autobiography Group at Grace Episcopal Church

Writing and sharing our life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life as we gain perspective on the uncertainties, contradictions, paradoxes, and events we’ve experienced. Participants typically achieve greater resilience, direction, and appreciation of their lives. In Guided Autobiography groups, we use themes and priming questions to evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. By writing two pages each week, participants begin creating a memoir filled with meaning, not just chronological events.
  • When: 9:15-11:15 Tuesdays, starting Sept 24, concluding November 26. Class is limited to 15 people.
  • Where: Grace Episcopal church, on the Capital Square at West Washington. Parking available in nearby ramps.
  • Fee for this workshop: Free to the public, thanks to a Grace Episcopal Development Fund grant. Attendees should be able to attend at least 8 of the 10 scheduled sessions, please.
  • To register: contact me at 608-347-7329 or sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com
Class starts 9/24

Creative Writing at Sun Prairie Colonial Club

Beginning or advanced writers explore the possibilities of writing for fun and publication by practicing specific writing skills that enhance descriptive language usage, story telling, and exposition, including styles, grammar usage, and imagery.
$124.50
  • This eight-week workshop will meet on Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am, from 10/24 through 12/19.
Starts 10/24

Write Your Selfie Obituary

Get a bit Grimm for Halloween and explore the expanding array of styles for contemporary obituaries. You will use in-class excercises and memory recall to draft an obituary for yourself before taking time to honor our lives and enjoy the process of recalling them.
$34.50
  • How will you and your loved ones be remembered? Every life story deserves a polished telling, but that seldom happens in the stressful time following a death. Learn to write a lively, accurate picture of your life or that of a loved one. Two 1.5-hour sessions 10/23 and 10/30, 7:00-8:30 pm. Location TBD; probably Union South.
  • UW Students and Union Members pay $10 less than listed fee.
Starts 10/23

Explore Flash Memoir

Memories are more like snapshots than movies; apply the techniques of flash fiction to capture your own life stories. ||Going small|| allows us to focus on the moments in which life is truly lived, absorbing lessons that would be hard to find in a larger narrative sweep. In writing a flash memoir, a story under 1000 words, the challenge is to develop a story concisely, concretely, with crisp precision, and to work within the boundaries of emotional and factual truth. Short, sharp, and true, no other rules apply. In the first session, we will discuss an aspect of flash memoir, followed by quiet time writing together. We will finish by sharing what we wrote or talking about our process. In the second session each participant reads a flash memoir story for group feedback.
$34.50
  • In the first session, we’ll read and discussion examples of Flash Memoir, exploring what defines this genre, leaving with a writing assignment. In session 2, we’ll read our creative work for discussion by the group. Two 1.5-hour sessions 11/14 and 11/21, 7:00-8:30 pm. Location TBD; probably Union South.
  • UW Students and Union Members pay $10 less than listed fee.
Starts 11/14

First Monday, First Person

Join us on the first Monday of every month except for Monday holidays at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison, WI. We meet from 6 to 7:45 pm.
  • Enjoy light refreshments and share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people, first Monday of most months. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback. Listeners welcome as well as readers.
Next Salon: 10/7

Guided Autobiography Group at Grace Episcopal Church

Writing and sharing our life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life as we gain perspective on the uncertainties, contradictions, paradoxes, and events we’ve experienced. Participants typically achieve greater resilience, direction, and appreciation of their lives. In Guided Autobiography groups, we use themes and priming questions to evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. By writing two pages each week, participants begin creating a memoir filled with meaning, not just chronological events.
  • When: 9:15-11:15 Tuesdays, starting Sept 24, concluding November 26. Class is limited to 15 people.
  • Where: Grace Episcopal church, on the Capital Square at West Washington. Parking available in nearby ramps.
  • Fee for this workshop: Free to the public, thanks to a Grace Episcopal Development Fund grant. Attendees should be able to attend at least 8 of the 10 scheduled sessions, please.
  • To register: contact me at 608-347-7329 or sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com
Class starts 9/24

Creative Writing at Sun Prairie Colonial Club

Beginning or advanced writers explore the possibilities of writing for fun and publication by practicing specific writing skills that enhance descriptive language usage, story telling, and exposition, including styles, grammar usage, and imagery.
$124.50
  • This eight-week workshop will meet on Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am, from 10/24 through 12/19.
Starts 10/24

Write Your Selfie Obituary

Get a bit Grimm for Halloween and explore the expanding array of styles for contemporary obituaries. You will use in-class exercises and memory recall to draft an obituary for yourself before taking time to honor our lives and enjoy the process of recalling them
$34.50
  • How will you and your loved ones be remembered? Every life story deserves a polished telling, but that seldom happens in the stressful time following a death. Learn to write a lively, accurate picture of your life or that of a loved one. Two 1.5-hour sessions 10/23 and 10/30, 7:00-8:30 pm. Location TBD; probably Union South.
  • UW Students and Union Members pay $10 less than listed fee.
Starts 10/23

Explore Flash Memoir

Memories are more like snapshots than movies; apply the techniques of flash fiction to capture your own life stories. ||Going small|| allows us to focus on the moments in which life is truly lived, absorbing lessons that would be hard to find in a larger narrative sweep. In writing a flash memoir, a story under 1000 words, the challenge is to develop a story concisely, concretely, with crisp precision, and to work within the boundaries of emotional and factual truth. Short, sharp, and true, no other rules apply. In the first session, we will discuss an aspect of flash memoir, followed by quiet time writing together. We will finish by sharing what we wrote or talking about our process. In the second session each participant reads a flash memoir story for group feedback.
$34.50
  • In the first session, we’ll read and discussion examples of Flash Memoir, exploring what defines this genre, leaving with a writing assignment. In session 2, we’ll read our creative work for discussion by the group. Two 1.5-hour sessions 11/14 and 11/21, 7:00-8:30 pm. Location TBD; probably Union South.
  • UW Students and Union Members pay $10 less than listed fee.
Starts 11/14

What will you discover when you tell your story?

You have questions on how this all works. I have answers. Let’s talk.
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