Memoir Writing Class Starts at Windsor Historical Society

October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18


Remember listening to your parents and grandparents tell fascinating stories of their childhoods? Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if they had written some of those stories down? Our own stories are memorable too but getting started recording those memories can be a challenge. Susan Omilian is a published fiction and non-fiction writer who has been encouraging and guiding budding memoir writers for many years. If you have ever been tempted to turn memories of significant events in your life into a memoir for posterity, here’s your chance. On six Tuesday evenings starting on October 14, Omilian will help you to access your creativity and develop a writing regimen that is both rewarding and fun in the comfortable setting of Windsor Historical Society’s research library.

Omilian's From Memory to Memoir: Writing Your Life Story course begins with Why You Want to Write Your Life Story and Quieting Your Inner Critic on Tuesday, October 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sessions follow on October 21 (Mining a Childhood Memory for the Jewels, Working with Memories), October 28 (Focusing on Defining Moments), November 4 (Deciding Theme and Structure for your Life Story), November 11, (Using Pictures, Documents and the Rest), and November 18 (Editing your Memoir, Preparing it for Publication, Tips on Self Publishing).

Unlike an editor who checks your work after you have completed it, Susan Omilian is with you when you start writing and continues working with you throughout the course. She will read and listen to what you have written then help you with content, structure, or emotional impact of your writing in a constructive, positive way. You’ll learn where to start, how to get organized and keep going until your finish, receiving tips on pictures and documents to include and how to self-publish your story. No previous writing experience is required. The group size will be limited to twelve people, to provide a safe and comfortable place to share writings and receive individualized advice.

The cost for this six-session course is $75, and the course is being run through Windsor Adult Education. For more information, contact Mayela Aguirre-Ernest, Program Coordinator at Windsor Adult Education, 860-687-2000, ext. 273 or Windsor Historical Society members not living in Windsor should identify themselves as members so as not to incur a $10.00 non-resident surcharge. Registration by September 5 will ensure that the minimum number of students is met, but registration can take place later.


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