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by Susan Tungate

Writing Your Memoir, Writing Your Family History and Revision Workshop: New July Classes


Time for a little self promotion. I wanted you to know about the new classes scheduled for July. In addition to a new series of memoir and personal essay writing classes, I am offering classes on writing your family history and on revising your draft memoir or personal essays. Let me know if you would like further information or, even better, to sign up. Many thanks. And here is the flyer:


You have a story to tell. Memoir writing offers the opportunity to observe the past with fresh eyes, reflect on the major events of your life and your life’s purpose, clarify your future path and preserve your unique stories. Here is the bonus: When you are open to telling your individual stories in the most authentic, truth seeking way, you will touch the universal truths that have the power to transform both you and the reader. Through writing exercises and discussion, Susan will provide the tools you need to capture the stories of your life, one small vivid story at a time. Susan believes in holding a safe space for students to explore their voices and work on the craft of writing. Classes meet once a week on Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm for six weeks beginning July 17. Cost is $150 plus tax if paid prior to the first class, and $165 plus tax if paid the first day of class.



Have you been thinking (forever) about writing your family’s history or writing down a few classic family stories, but are daunted by the task?  Do you struggle with how best to tell an engaging story? Help has arrived! In this workshop, we will explore techniques to turn your research, family vignettes and trunk full of documents into a lively family tale that will honor the past, bond the generations and provide a story well told for generations to come. Workshop meets Sunday, July 14 from 4:30-6:30pm. Cost is $50 plus tax if paid prior to the class and $65 the day of class.



You have completed a rough draft of your memoir or a collection of personal essays. Now what? How do you shape and revise your work into a story well told? In this  workshop, we will focus on the basics of good prose writing:  structure, voice, narrative, scene, theme, tension, metaphor, setting, honesty and illuminating the universal from the specific. Workshop meets Tuesday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 23 from 3-5pm. Cost is $100 plus tax if paid prior to the first class, and $115 plus tax if paid the first day of class.

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