Press Release 12/30/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – On Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Reading Room, the Kent Memorial Library will host the return of the 12-member “Writing Your Life” class held this fall at the Library. The memoir writing program students will be sharing & reading one of their favorite pieces from the class. The instructor for the eight-week class was Betty Krasne, PhD.

The goal of the program was to give participants a tool box of skills that could be used to compose a series of short pieces (two to four pages each). These pieces could be used as the basis for a longer work, or to sharpen general writing skills.

The class met once a week for two hours. At each meeting, participants had a writing assignment for which they were given examples beforehand. Members of the group read their works aloud weekly and helped each other develop ideas. Several members of previous workshops have gone on to write book-length memoirs, while others just enjoyed the process of exploration.

“Betty Krasne has the ability to teach without being critical. We all felt encouraged and enlightened by her direction, suggestions and support,” remarked one student. “Anyone seriously interested in writing a memoir would do well to take this course,” she continued.

“It got me started, not only sorting out the family photographs, but also writing down some of my stories, which I had always intended to do ‘someday’,” said a classmate. “With this course I not only had a reason to write but someone to encourage me with suggested topics. It was nice to meet other writers and listen to their stories. It was a rewarding experience.”

This program is free & open to public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to