Coming up: Stories from my Life, a Workshop for Seniors

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MAMARONECK–The Mamaroneck Public Library will offer senior citizens an eight-session workshop that focuses on memory, art and writing tuesdays September 18th from 2-4 pm until November 13 (no workshop on Nov 6) ending in a final event on December 15 from 2-4 pm.

Workshop participants will select memorable photographs from their own collections, and use them to tell, write, and illustrate stories from their lives.   Writing prompts, textual and visual exercises, and group sharing will stimulate individual reflection and help participants organize their thoughts and photos.  The edited texts and photos will be combined into individual printed books that will honor and celebrate the participants’ lives.

The workshop will be led by Judith Dupré,  the New York Times bestselling author of ten books of nonfiction and creative nonfiction.

Exercises that focus on deep listening—to oneself and to others—will be presented regularly.  Participants will read aloud from their work, classmates’ work, and literature.  Everyone will be encouraged to help plan and implement the culminating celebration.

There is no charge for the workshop, which is being made possible by a $3,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, and is administered in partnership with Westchester Library System, Lifetime Arts Inc. and the American Library Association’s Public Programs office.

For more information, or to register for this program, please call the Mamaroneck Public Library at 914-698-1250 *3.

photo: Jill Clardy on flickr

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