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Fall 2018

“First Monday, First Person” 

Join us on the first Monday of every month except for Monday holidays at the  Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison, WI. We meet from 6 to 7:45 pm.

Next salons: Oct 1: 5th Anniversary! 

Enjoy light refreshments and 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.

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Coming Up:  “Flash Memoir” Write-In for Wheelhouse, at Union South

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. Short, sharp, and true–No other rules apply.

Flash memoir essays make excellent building blocks from which to begin a longer memoir or life story.

In the first three sessions, we’ll discuss an aspect of Flash Memoir, followed by quiet time writing together. We’ll finish each session sharing what we wrote with each other or talking about our process. In the final session, each participant reads a Flash Memoir essay for group feedback.

Location: Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St. Parking on-site.

Time/Date: Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm, September 26-October 17

Fee: $49.50. UW Students/Union Members pay $10 less.

Registration is open now, here’s the link.

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Invite a Workshop to 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. I am lining up my Fall 2018 schedule now.

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Guided Autobiography with Sarah White

James Birren’s Guided Autobiography approach helps individuals find structure and meaning in their lives, and convey it in a written life story. We use themes and priming questions t evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life as the uncertainties of the past, and the contradictions, paradoxes, and events of life are put into perspective. Participants typically achieve greater resilience, direction, and appreciation of their lives. The focus is life review, but we do touch on writing technique as well.

I’m considering offering my Guided Autobiography workshop, based on James Birren’s methodology, later this spring/summer. If you think you might like to participate, let me know–call 608-347-7329 or email me at sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com.

Let’s stay in touch.

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

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To see my workshops for Personal Historians, see this page.

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