by Georgia Slater
Everybody has a story to tell, and to encourage community members to record their stories, the Westfield Memorial Library will host a memoir workshop by local poet and creativity coach Ms. Wendy Rosenberg on Dec. 10 from 7–8:30 p.m.
According to nj.com, the workshop, “The Art of the Mini-Memoir: Honor Your Life Story in Six Words” is built around the book Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-word Memoirs from Writers Famous & Obscure, edited by Larry Smith.
According to wmlnj.org, the six-word memoir is a self-discovery exercise that helps participants articulate what matters most in their lives in just six words. In the workshop, Rosenberg will introduce this art form through different exercises and techniques and invite personal reflection, as well as provide a new perspective on life’s journey.
Said Ms. Jennifer Schulze, the head of reference and adult services at Westfield Memorial Library: “I love these workshops. Especially around this time of year, people love to get creative and design projects in all different art forms, memoirs included.”
Said Writers Craft student and senior Anna Reid: “Memoirs are a way of sharing our experiences and helping to understand and remember our pasts. It is so important to write; to publicize our inner dialogues makes everyone feel a little more connected.”
The free workshop is open to all Westfield Memorial Library cardholders, and no prior art or writing experience is necessary, according to Rosenberg.
“All kinds of creativity are enhanced and teens are encouraged to come. These workshops bring in different types of participation: either those who like to do, or those who just want to sit in and listen,” said Schulze.
People interested in the program are advised to register early due to limited seating. To register, visit the library’s website at wmlnj.org, and click on the online calendar, or call (908) 789-4090.