Upcoming workshops & events in Madison

This morning, my “Upcoming Workshops” email went out to the mailing list I’ve compiled over the years from people who have attended my workshops and talks. I thought I’d share that info here, as well.

Everything I have on the calendar for this Winter-Spring 2023 is scheduled for in-person, in Madison, where I live. I love that I’m back in the room with people, doing what I love–sharing my passion for reminiscence writing and helping others get started.

But it feels a little funny not to have something to offer my farther-flung followers and those who prefer online to in-person for whatever reason! If there’s an offering you’d particularly like to see in an online format, let’s talk. I’m open to ideas, especially for April and beyond.

Now, here goes.

“Every Story Counts”

Talk and Book Celebration at Barnes & Noble West Towne

Get tips on how to start writing and stay motivated as you write memorable autobiographical stories from the heart. My featured guests are Madison writers Joshua Feyen and Cam French, who will read their essays featured in Homeward! Personal Stories on the Search for Belonging, the second anthology published by the Birren Center for Guided Autobiography. A time for Q&A will follow.

When: January 15, 2-3:30 pm
Where: Barnes & Noble Bookstore West, 7433 Mineral Point Road
Fee: Free, no RSVP needed.


Guided Autobiography I

Offered through Madison College, 10 weeks starting January 25th

You have a wealth of memories and stories. It’s time to capture them in writing.

By using the Guided Autobiography method developed by Dr. James Birren, you will do more than start writing down your memories—you will gain insights into how the events of your life have contributed to the person you are today—and may become tomorrow.

When: This 10-week workshop meets Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., from 1/25 through 4/5 (no class on 3/15–Spring Break!)
Where: Truax-Protective Services Building
Fee: $205
To register: Click here for a registration form; enter class #63414. Or call 608.258.2301, Option 2.


Start Writing Your Life Story

Offered through Pinney Library Branch, 6 weeks starting February 7th

The stories of our lives connect generations and communities. Whether you want to share your own life experiences or pass on your family’s stories, this workshop will help you get started and stay motivated.

When: This 6-week workshop meets Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. from 2/7 through 3/14.
Where: Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Road, Community Room A
Fee: Free
Registration opens on January 9. Click here to register.


Creative Writing

Offered through Madison College, 8 weeks starting March 21st

Explore the possibilities of writing for fun and publication by practicing specific writing skills.

When: This 8-week workshop meets Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central, from 3/21/23 through 5/9/23.
Where: Truax-Protective Services Building
Fee: $165
To register: Click here for a registration form; enter class #63468. Or call 608.258.2301, Option 2.


Hope to see you at an event or workshop soon! And if you are part of a group that’s looking for speakers, shoot me an email at sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com.

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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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