“Writing Your Life” is an eight-week writing program taught by Betty Krasne, PhD. She will offer the program this fall at the Kent Library. Are there stories about growing up that you’ve always wanted to tell? The goal of the program is to give participants a toolbox of skills that can be used to compose a series of short pieces (two to four pages each). These pieces can be used as the basis for a longer work, or to sharpen writing skills.
The memoir writing workshops meet once a week for two hours. For each meeting participants have a writing assignment, for which they are given examples beforehand. Members of the group read their works aloud weekly and help each other to develop their material. Several members of previous workshops have gone on to write book-length memoirs, while others just enjoyed the process of exploration.
The program can accommodate 12 participants. The fee is $100, which covers KML membership (this is an Association library, which serves as a public library) and copying costs. The fee also suggests that the program is not a spectator sport, and it is expected that participants will plan to attend all sessions. To reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 12 people who leave a $40 deposit will be guaranteed a place, but there will also be a waiting list to accommodate people whose plans change over the summer.
The workshops will start September 9th for four Fridays from 10 am – noon, with a break the week of October 7th, Columbus Day weekend, and continue from October 14th to November 4th in the Reading Room of the Library. After the conclusion of the program there is a reading for family, friends, and alums.