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Winter-Spring 2019

“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 salon: January 7. 

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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Online Through Story Circle Network

Start Writing Your Family History

The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: tell the story. In this workshop we explore how to write and share stories that reveal your family’s formative experiences, values, and life lessons. The instruction method is five online sessions using my Zoom platform, plus participation in a Yahoo group for responding to discussion prompts and exchanging essays for review. The Zoom class sessions are recorded so if you miss one, you can still keep up with the class.

Go to Story Circle Network for more information and to register: http://www.storycircleonlineclasses.org/classes/white.winter2019.php

Class starts the week of January 21. In early January I’ll do a poll of registrants to find the day/time for our weekly classes that is most convenient for participants.

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Madison workshops

Remember to Write!

5-week workshop to meet at Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago Avenue

Turning memories into memoir essays presents a spectacular opportunity to explore the writing craft, while you discover new perspectives on your life. Each week in this we’ll discuss aspects of the writing craft, then read and share our stories. You’ll produce up to five short essays (3-5 pages) that reflect your adventures, observations, and unique writing talents.

This five-week workshop will meet on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, April 23-May 14, 2019, more information coming soon.

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On the road…

Nova Scotia Writing Retreat, May 20-25

Now in the planning stages:

We’ll be based near Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the ultimate Atlantic coast fishing village, about an hour south of Halifax, just down the road from the world-famous Peggy’s Cove. Read more about Nova Scotia south shore tourism here.
My ideal writing retreat would go something like this….
  • early morning exercise
  • breakfast together and setting intentions for the day
  • individual writing time
  • light lunch & out for adventures on land and sea
  • dinner together, sometimes cooking together at home and other times out to restaurants, or some do one thing, some do another
  • evenings around a bonfire on the beach or fireplace in the lodge…. outside for dark-sky stargazing… and so to bed
Optional excursions into Halifax and other points of interest. And of course, everyone piles in the van we rented and goes to Halifax to watch me don a robe and get a diploma at University of King’s College at the end of Sarah’s Big MFA Adventure!
Pricing and details to come… it won’t be expensive, just cover-the-costs pricing. You’ll make your own travel arrangements to Halifax. The Canadian exchange rate is around 75 cents to the dollar right now!


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Invite a Workshop to a Library Near You?

Would you like to see one of my workshops or talks come to a library near you? Tell your librarian about me. I am lining up my Winter 2018/spring 2019 schedule now.

Find out more: https://truestorieswelltold.com/about-sarah-whites-remember-to-write-workshops/

Want to know what participants have to say about the workshops?

The video was created to accompany a fundraising project on DaneArts’ Power2Give website in 2012. That project has now concluded.


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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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