UPCOMING

WORKSHOPS

FIRST MONDAY, FIRST PERSON, IN PERSON!
No meeting July 4th
Next meeting: August 1st
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 — except Monday Holidays

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: July 5th

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.

Start Writing Your Life Story

Whether you want to share your own life experiences or pass on your family’s stories, this workshop will help you get started and stay motivated.

Each week we’ll discuss aspects of writing from life, including storytelling techniques, organizing your project, and the ethics of writing about living people. Suggested themes and prompts will help you write 2-3 pages each week. Each class session includes time to share what you’ve written in a supportive environment. You’ll leave with lots of ideas to keep you writing.

Offered through Fitchburg Senior Center

When: This 6-week workshop meets Tuesday mornings, 10:00-11:30 a.m. from 8/9 through 9/13.
Where: Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road
For more information and to register, contact me — sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com

Start Writing Your Life Story

Same as above, offered through Capital Lakes Residents Association

Want to try a free preview before you decide if this workshop is for you?
August 11, 10-11 am, Encore room
August 23, 2:30-3:30 pm Premiere Room

When: This 6-week workshop meets Wednesday mornings, 10:00-noon, from 10/5 through 11/9.
Where: Capital Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W Main Street, Premiere Room
For more information and to register, contact me — sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com

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 October 4 through November 22 

Where: Online
Fee and registration details to come.

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 October 6th

When: This 10-week workshop meets Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central, from 10/6 to 12/15.
Where: Truax-Foundation Centre
Fee and registration details to come.

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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