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Upcoming Workshops

Fall 2017

“First Monday, First Person”

September Labor Day Special Session

Hosted by Sariah Daine at 902 Royster Oaks Dr. Apt 113. Come to the North-East corner of the building, right on Royster Oaks. All welcome! We’ll start at 5:30.

First Monday, First Person will resume meeting at  South Madison Branch Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison, WI, on  October 2nd.

Share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people, first Monday of most months. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback. Listeners welcome as well as readers. Free.

Join us on the first Monday of every month except for Monday holidays. Mark your calendars for… no September due to Labor Day, October 2nd fourth anniversary party!, November 6th, December 4th.


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Saturday, September 23, 1pm – 4:30pm
204 Cottage Grove Road

1-2pm: Getting Published Panel with Fabu, Lori E. Lee, and Sarah White

2:30-3:45: Fast-paced author presentations

4-4:30pm: Author meet & greet

Free and open to the public. Come hang out with fellow writers and readers!

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Start Writing Your Memoir at Verona Senior Center – 6 sessions

Free Preview: October 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St., Verona. No registration required.


When: Monday afternoons, October 23-November 27, 6 sessions, noon – 2 pm. Brown bag lunches welcome.

Where: Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St., Verona.

The stories of our lives connect generations and communities. That’s a priceless gift, one anyone can create, with guidance.

In this workshop for beginning writers, we will explore different aspects of writing a memoir. Whether you want to share your own life experiences or pass on your family’s stories, this class will help you get started.  We’ll spend six sessions remembering and writing together. You’ll learn to structure your stories, convey the essence of places and events, and deal ethically with writing about living people.

For each class meeting, students write a few pages on their life experiences. I suggest topics but encourage participants to write on whatever motivates them. Each class meeting includes time to share writing in a supportive environment. To enhance small-group interaction, enrollment is limited to 15. Attendees should bring paper and pen/pencils for in-class exercises.  Participants should commit to attending all sessions if possible.

“I truly enjoyed this class and I think you are a phenomenal teacher. You created a welcoming and opening environment and it was a joy to participate. You have given me tools I will use for the rest of my life as a writer.” – Hayley S.

Fee: Free!

To register: Contact AlasaWiest, program manager, alasa.wiest@ci.verona.wi.us or call 845-7471.

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Writing Workshops at Wheelhouse Studios (previously UW Mini Courses)

Write Your Travel Memoirs – 3 sessions

Writing a travel memoir is a spectacular opportunity to practice the craft of creative nonfiction writing, and to relive the joys and challenges of our travels. Through in-class discussion and writing exercises, students will explore story structure, descriptive techniques for capturing people and places, and how to bring home the meaning discovered in our travel experiences.

Students will submit 2 writing excerpts for instructor review and group critique. We will use our travel experiences as a focus for study as we take a “there and back again” journey–discovering core concepts, exploring different techniques, and incorporating new insights into our writing practice.


When: Wednesdays, October 4, 11, and 18, 7-9pm

Where:  Union South, 1308 S. Dayton St.

Fee: $34.50. Students and Wisconsin Union Members receive $10 discount on each registration.

To register: Follow this link to register through Wheelhouse.

Flash Memoir – 2 sessions

 Memories are frequently more like snapshots than movies. So why not apply the techniques of flash fiction to our own life stories? “Going small” allows us to focus on the moments in which life is truly lived, absorbing lessons that would be hard to find in a larger narrative sweep. In flash memoir–stories under 1000 or even under 500 words–we challenge ourselves to develop a story concisely, concretely, with crisp precision. Accepting the challenge of creative nonfiction, we work within the boundaries of emotional and factual truth. No other rules apply.

When: Tuesdays, November 14 and 21, 7-9pm

Where:  Union South, 1308 S. Dayton St.

Fee: $29.50. Students and Wisconsin Union Members receive $10 discount on each registration.

To register: Follow this link to register through Wheelhouse.

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A Library Near You?

Would you like to see my workshops “Start Writing Your Memoir” or “Start Writing Your Family History” presented at a library near you? Tell your librarian about me.

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Let’s stay in touch.

If you would like to receive an email when my new schedule appears, let me know at sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com. With your permission, I will add you to my list.

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