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Six-Part Memoir Writing Workshop
From the Somerville Public Library:
Write compellingly about your own life experiences and transform memories into an enduring work of art! For six sessions, we will tap into the storyteller within us all, pick our brains for those parts of our lives that make for great stories, and turn the mundane into the heroic. At the same time, we will explore some aspects of craft fundamental to the memoir genre, such as dialogue, characterization, structure, pacing, and perspective. There will be plenty of in-class prompts, a few short assignments, and the chance to work on a longer piece.
This workshop is taught by Mike Alvarez, an MFA candidate at Goddard College’s Creative Writing program. Mike received his B.A. from Rutgers University, where he won the Charles Flaherty Award for best student and thesis in psychology, and his M.A. from the Individualized Studies program, also at Goddard. During and in between degrees, he has worked at a residential facility for the mentally ill, served as program coordinator at Mass. General Hospital’s Eating Disorders Clinic, and taught basic composition and expository writing to college students. Mike is currently on the editorial staff of Pitkin Review, a biannual literary journal. Mike is also in the middle of writing two books: a work of serious nonfiction exploring the relationship between creativity and self-destructive behavior, and a memoir, a coming of age story.
This free workshop is open to everyone, irrespective of writing background. If you would like to sign up, please e-mail Mike at mike.alvarez[at]goddard[dot]edu or call him at 646-712-2736.
|Where||Somerville Public Library 79 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||6:00 pm–8:30 pm|
|Who to bring||Everyone|
More About Somerville Public Library
The very first Somerville library opened in 1873 with just 2,389 books on its shelves. Today, the city's three libraries circulate over 440,000 items per year. Books are not all they offer.
All three provide free computer access and WiFi and also loan audiobooks, music CDs and language learning programs as well as films on DVD and video. A large collection of newspapers and magazines can be read at the libraries. Free family passes to area museums can be checked out and used for free admission to venues including the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children's Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Activities also fill their calendars. Programs offered include children's story times, book clubs for all ages, film screenings, occasional performances, a young adult chess club and lectures. Community groups may use the main branch's assembly room to hold meetings. All three libraries hold English as Second Language (ESL) classes as well.
How did this all start? In 1907, the wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave Somerville $123,000 to build the three libraries we still have today: the central Somerville Public Library and the East and West Branches. In 1909, the West Branch opened the doors of its pretty Classical Revival-style building. In 1914, the central library's grand Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton, was complete. And in 1918, the East Branch opened and rounded out the trio.