Bring a little light to your winter with a writing workshop

If I’d known earlier how much joy teaching brings into my life, my career trajectory might have been something quite different. But I didn’t want to be the apple that falls not far from the tree–many of my mother’s people were teachers–so I never gave it a thought. My apple fell under the tree of my father instead, a freelance writer.

But here I am, those two sides reunited in the classroom. “He who teaches learns twice,” they say, and that is part of the joy of teaching. But, especially in this COVID19 winter of our discontents, joy comes from simply being in conversation with other minds, hearing the brave, funny, deep writing we produce, week by week.

I have a number of different options for writers lined up for Winter-Spring 2021, listed below. Besides my core interest in memoir writing, you’ll see creative writing and some offerings in creative nonfiction, drawing on what I learned in my MFA program.

For descriptions of the workshops, please visit my website’s Upcoming Events page or follow the links below to go directly to the sponsoring organizations’ descriptions on their websites. All workshops meet online, using Zoom. The “Remember to Write” Memoir Workshop is free; all others involve a registration fee.

Research and Write Your Family History, offered through Story Circle Online. Four weekly meetings starting January 13th, on Wednesday mornings 10-noon. More info here.

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, presented by Arts+Literature Laboratory. One meeting, Saturday January 16th, 2-4pm. More info here.

Getting Started in Creative Nonfiction, presented by Arts+Literature Laboratory. One meeting, Saturday January 23rd, 2-4pm. More info here.

“Remember to Write” Memoir Workshop, offered through Monona Senior Center and Monona Public Library. Six weekly meetings starting February 16, on Tuesday afternoons 3-5pm. For description to to my Upcoming Events page. To register, email Diane Mikelbank,

Creative Writing, offered through Madison College. Eight weekly meetings starting February 18th, Thursday evenings 6-8pm. More info here.

Dive Into Creative Nonfiction, presented by Arts+Literature Laboratory. Four weekly meetings starting April 6th, Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. More info here.

Proceeds from all  workshops presented by Arts+Literature Laboratory will help fund  their Capital Campaign.

For a description–and testimonial video–about my memoir workshops, please visit this page on True Stories Well Told.

I hope to see you in my “Zoom Classroom” in the coming months!

  • Sarah White

About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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