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Feb 1 2010

Get A Life

by Vivian A

The library isn’t just for checking out books.  If you haven’t checked out a class at your library, I urge you to do so soon. Not only are they interesting — they’re free! I recently took a class on the art of memoir writing presented by Wayne South Smith. (www.thewritersprocess.com).

First, he explained the difference between an autobiography (usually written by someone famous and covers the person’s entire life span) vs. a memoir which covers a certain finite period or event in a person’s life.

Then, he gave the packed class exercises in writing, a list of memory prompts and a reading list of books available for checkout at DCPL. For example, there’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (813.54 KIN), Old Friend from Far Away, the Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg (808.66 GOL) or Living to Tell the Tale: a Guide to Writing Memoir by Jane Taylor McDonnell (808.0669 McD).

I walked away from the two and a half hour class having learned a little about myself and the other participants and ready to crank up the computer (also free for using at the library). I figured if I lived through it, I could tell the tale.

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Nancy February 5, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Just wondering if you could share a list of classes.

Kimberly February 19, 2010 at 2:23 PM

It’s a bit culturally insensitive to call it “Chinese New Year”—the festival is also celebrated by the Vietnamese (Tết) and Koreans (Seollal), among others. A more inclusive term is “Lunar New Year.” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_New_Year

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