UPCOMING

WORKSHOPS

FIRST MONDAY, FIRST PERSON, IN PERSON!
Next meeting: June 6
Join us on the first Monday of every month,

in person at the Goodman South Madison Library Branch.

FREE

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 are welcome as well as readers.

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

Where: In-person: Goodman South Madison Library Branch, 2222 South Park Street, Madison. COVID note: attendees in person must be fully vaccinated.

No advance registration is required.

FIRST TUESDAY, FIRST (ZOOM) PERSON
An option for those who prefer online to in-person
Next meeting: June 7

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month,
online via Zoom.

FREE

Share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people. Let us know if you have something to read during the check-in round. Read and receive group feedback. Listeners are welcome as well as readers.

When: First Tuesday of every month, 3-4:45 pm

Where: Online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83146852755

No advance registration is required.

SUMMER 2022

Guided Autobiography I

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.

Offered through Madison College, 10 weeks starting June 2

When: This 10-week workshop meets Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central, from 6/2-8/4.
Where: Truax-Foundation Centre Rm 119
Fee: $204.50
To register: Call 608.258.2301, choose option 2 and ask for Class #10814, or follow this link to register online.

Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills

Over four weeks we’ll explore fundamentals of writing at the level of sentence, paragraph, and essay. We will mix the “micro” skills—punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development—with the “macro” skills—developing essays in a variety of genres, for a variety of audiences and purposes. If you’d like to write feature articles, persuasive appeals, or compelling personal experience essays, this course will help you feel more confident in your skills.

Offered through Madison College, 4 weeks starting June 8.

When: This 4-week workshop meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central, from 6/8-6/29.
Where: Truax-Foundation Centre Rm 119
Fee: $85
To register: Call 608.258.2301, choose option 2 and ask for Class #10824, or follow this link to register online.

Guided Autobiography II

This is a continuing group for participants who have completed Guided Autobiography I,  Themes include and expand on some presented in GAB-I. The objective of this course is to produce about 5 thematic autobiographical essays. The emphasis is on self-discovery rather than writing craft.

6 weeks starting July 6

When: This 6-week workshop meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central, from 7/6-8/10.
Where: Online using Zoom
Fee: $100
To register: Call or email me — 608-347-7329 or sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com.

Workshops not for you?
Try individualized memoir coaching

I help you write and share your life stories, coaching you as you write a compelling story from your memories. Throughout, I’m at your side to help you get started and stay motivated. Print-on-demand makes it possible to share your story with just a small circle or offer it to the world.

Intrigued? Got questions? I have answers! Let’s talk.

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