Online For December 6th

Join us on the first Monday of every month–online.
We’re going back to Zoom for now.


Share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback. Listeners welcome as well as readers. You can join us in-person (masked) or online.


When: First Monday of every month, 6-7:45pm

Where: Online for now. Log in  at https://zoom.us/j/399127706

No advance registration required.

Writing Across Generations:
A Drop-in Event

Be the ancestor you wish you had! Get started creating stories for future generations to enjoy, by joining with like-minded people to write and discuss our life experiences.

We’ll start with a writing prompt, then spend some quiet time writing together. We’ll finish with (optional) sharing of what we wrote. You’ll be guided by memoir writing coach Sarah White.

Not quite the program you’re looking for? Come anyway and share ideas. Let’s spark a writing community in South Madison.

When: Monday, December 6, 2021, 10:15 -11:45 am

Where: Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S. Park Street

Free. No advance registration required. Bring writing tools. No food or beverages, please.

Contact Sarah White if you have questions: sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com or 608-347-7329.

Guided Autobiography

Presented by Madison College

You have a wealth of memories and stories. It’s time to capture them in writing.

By using the Guided Autobiography method developed by Dr. James Birren, you will do more than start writing down your memories—you will gain insights into how the events of your life have contributed to the person you are today—and may become tomorrow.

Themes include branching points, family history, the role of money, history of one’s life work, health and body, development of sexual identity, ideas about death, spiritual life and values, and changing goals and aspirations.

The objective of this course is to produce about 9 thematic autobiographical essays. The emphasis is on self-discovery rather than writing craft. Expressive writing of this nature has been shown to decrease anxiety and isolation and increase self-esteem, energy, and social connection.

When: This 10-week workshop meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am, Central, from January 26 through April 6 (no meeting March 16).

Where: Online, using Webex

Fee: $194.50

To register: Call 608.258.2301, choose option 2 and ask for Class #60801639, or click the button to register online.

Creative Writing

Presented by Madison College

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.

When: This 8-week workshop meets Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central, from March 22 through May 10.

Where: Madison CollegeTruax-Protective Services Rm 220

Fee: $156.50

To register: Call 608.258.2301, choose option 2 and ask for Class #60801121, or click the button to register online.

Coming in Summer 2022:
Guided Autobiography II

For people who have completed Guided Autobiography and would like to continue the process, with fresh themes and writing tips!  When, where, etc. to be determined. Email me if you are interested and I’ll bein touch when I firm up the details.