Upcoming Workshops

First Monday, First Person, ONLINE FOR NOW

Join us on the first Monday of every month ONLINE until the COVID19 pandemic restrictions are lifted.
  • Our memories are too important to let a global pandemic get in the way of preserving and sharing them. Until the libraries open again, we will meet online. Prep your own light refreshments and stories and settle in at your computer, iPad or smartphone. Join me via my Zoom platform, 6pm to 8pm. Here’s the link: https://zoom.us/j/399127706
  • When we meet in person, we 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.
First Monday, Every Month

Start Writing Your Memoir (online workshop)

What will you discover when you start writing your life story?
$120
  • In this workshop we will explore different aspects of writing a memoir. Whether you want to share your own life experiences or pass on your family’s stories, this class will help you get started and stay motivated.  We’ll spend six sessions discussing aspects of writing creative nonfiction, including structuring your stories, conveying the essence of places and events, and dealing ethically with writing about living people.
  • For each class meeting, students write a few pages on their life experiences. I suggest topics, but encourage participants to write on whatever motivates them. Each online class meeting includes time to share writing in a supportive environment. To enhance small-group interaction, enrollment is limited to 8.
  • To register, email sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com
Thursday evenings 4/23 - 5/28

Research and Write Your Family History (online workshop)

Offered through Story Circle Online Classes
$To be announced
  • Writing about your family offers a great opportunity to practice the craft of creative nonfiction writing as you discover new perspectives on your life and your family’s overarching story. “The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative,” wrote Bruce Feiler, author of “The Secrets of Happy Families.” This workshop will help you create a plan and get started on your family history. In this workshop we explore how to write about your family’s formative experiences, values, and life lessons.Over six weeks we’ll explore writing a family history: Why it matters, how to plan your research using the simple mnemonic of “People, Places, Paper,” and how to write well while respecting the family dynamics and boundaries involved. Over six weeks, we’ll meet weekly using Zoom to learn and share students’ progress. At the conclusion students will have a solid research plan and several short essays
Friday mornings 6/5 - 7/17 (Skip 7/3)

Write Your Family History (in-person workshop)

Be the ancestor you wish you had!
$FREE
  • Learn to create lively, richly detailed stories for future generations to enjoy.In this workshop for beginning writers, we explore how to write and share stories that reveal your family’s formative experiences, values, and life lessons. We will spend three sessions discussing how to find the stories worth telling; how to convey the essence of people, places and events; and how to share your work with others! For each class meeting, students write a few pages. Each class meeting includes time to share writing in a supportive environment.This three-week workshop meets from 10:30-12:30 on July 9, 16, and 23 at the Fitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Road.
Meets 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

Write Your Travel Memoir (in-person workshop)

Offered through Madison College
$79.50
  • Are you preparing to go on an adventure? Or recently returned from one? The trip of a lifetime can also be the story of a lifetime. Turn your photos and travel experiences into a compelling essay that can be your best souvenir! In this workshop, explore what to write about, why, and who to write for. Bring your story to life with vivid characters, settings, focus, and drama, and find the personal meaning in your travel memories. Whether you’re new to writing or a working writer, you’ll learn skills that you can apply in writing a piece of work for publication, for blogging, or memorializing your experience to share with friends and family.The 6-week workshop meets from 6-8pm July 14 to August 11, 2020 at the Goodman South Campus Room 134
Meets 7/14 - 8/11

First Monday, First Person, ONLINE FOR NOW

Join us on the first Monday of every month ONLINE until the COVID19 pandemic restrictions are lifted.
FREE
  • Our memories are too important to let a global pandemic get in the way of preserving and sharing them. Until the libraries open again, we will meet online. Prep your own light refreshments and stories and settle in at your computer, iPad or smartphone. Join me via my Zoom platform, 6pm to 8pm. Here’s the link: https://zoom.us/j/399127706
  • When we meet in person, we 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.
First Monday, every month

Start Writing Your Memoir (online workshop)

What will you discover when you start writing your life story?
$120
  • In this workshop we will explore different aspects of writing a memoir. Whether you want to share your own life experiences or pass on your family’s stories, this class will help you get started and stay motivated.  We’ll spend six sessions discussing aspects of writing creative nonfiction, including structuring your stories, conveying the essence of places and events, and dealing ethically with writing about living people.
  • For each class meeting, students write a few pages on their life experiences. I suggest topics, but encourage participants to write on whatever motivates them. Each online class meeting includes time to share writing in a supportive environment. To enhance small-group interaction, enrollment is limited to 8.
  • To register, email sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com
Thursday evenings 4/23 - 5/28

Research and Write Your Family History (online workshop)

Offered through Story Circle Online Classes
$To be announced
  • Writing about your family offers a great opportunity to practice the craft of creative nonfiction writing as you discover new perspectives on your life and your family’s overarching story. “The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative,” wrote Bruce Feiler, author of “The Secrets of Happy Families.” This workshop will help you create a plan and get started on your family history. In this workshop we explore how to write about your family’s formative experiences, values, and life lessons.Over six weeks we’ll explore writing a family history: Why it matters, how to plan your research using the simple mnemonic of “People, Places, Paper,” and how to write well while respecting the family dynamics and boundaries involved. Over six weeks, we’ll meet weekly using Zoom to learn and share students’ progress. At the conclusion students will have a solid research plan and several short essays.
Friday mornings 6/5 - 7/17 (Skip 7/3)

Write Your Family History (in-person workshop)

Be the ancestor you wish you had!
$FREE
  • Learn to create lively, richly detailed stories for future generations to enjoy.In this workshop for beginning writers, we explore how to write and share stories that reveal your family’s formative experiences, values, and life lessons. We will spend three sessions discussing how to find the stories worth telling; how to convey the essence of people, places and events; and how to share your work with others! For each class meeting, students write a few pages. Each class meeting includes time to share writing in a supportive environment.This three-week workshop meets from 10:30-12:30 on July 9, 16, and 23 at the Fitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Road.
Meets 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

Write Your Travel Memoir (in-person workshop)

Offered through Madison College
$$79.50
  • Are you preparing to go on an adventure? Or recently returned from one? The trip of a lifetime can also be the story of a lifetime. Turn your photos and travel experiences into a compelling essay that can be your best souvenir! In this workshop, explore what to write about, why, and who to write for. Bring your story to life with vivid characters, settings, focus, and drama, and find the personal meaning in your travel memories. Whether you’re new to writing or a working writer, you’ll learn skills that you can apply in writing a piece of work for publication, for blogging, or memorializing your experience to share with friends and family.The 6-week workshop meets from 6-8pm July 14 to August 11, 2020 at the Goodman South Campus Room 134.
Meets 7/14 - 8/11

What will you discover when you tell your story?

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