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Writing Workshop

Legacy Letters

$27

with Jerry Nulton

Calendar Jan 5, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

A Legacy Letter is a message to family or friends. There’s no formula. It can be any of thefollowing:

• An expression of gratitude, a compliment or encouragement

• A wish for their future

• One or more life lesson(s) you’d like to share

• A request for forgiveness or an attempt to make amends

• A tradition you’d like to pass along

• An important memory that means a great deal to you

• To offer comfort and perspective

Your Instructor:

I’ve lived a charmed life. I was taught by my mother to value an education and was taught by my father that hard work was the best path to success. I earned a double major from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, the first is a degree in Philosophy which I loved and the second a degree in Computer Science which I used to earn a living. I’ve worked in sales, marketing and training for most of the past 30 years.  I have trained Partners in the accounting firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in sales in the UK, Ireland and the US for the past 20 years and am currently helping them negotiate their agreements with their clients.  I’m happily married to my lovely wife of 33 years; I’ve been a resident of Maine for the past 22 and I’m an avid sailor with a J-28 sailboat in Falmouth.

 

So, how did I get into legacy letters? Though we don’t have children, my wife and I have been saving money for our grand-niece and grand-nephews. But I realized, that giving them money without wisdom is like giving a loaded gun to a toddler. So I looked for a way to put the money into a framework that would help them understand me better and hopefully give them a path to a better life. That’s how I found legacy letters. I can’t possibly hope to match the life experience that any potential participants would have, so I’m hopeful that I can learn from you while I share a tool you can use to influence the lives of your family and friends. 

I anticipate six sessions. The first to put Legacy Letters into context and to lay out the first assignment. The following five sessions would each start by reviewing the letters the participants composed after the prior session, followed by exploring a new type of letter and how it might be used. In the end, you’ll have a minimum of five letters that you use (or not) as you see fit. In any case, by the end, I’ll certainly be wiser than I am today for having listened to you, and I suspect you’ll have had some fun and, in the end, I’m hoping you’ll have developed a number of gifts that you can use to improve the lives of those you love.

 

Will run

Life Story Writing (Monday Class)

$27

with Mike Davis

Calendar Feb 13, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Your story matters.  You have experiences and wisdom valuable to others.  This class will help you recall, organize, and write these episodes. Sharing our stories and experiences with others in class often leads to unexpected rewards. Enjoy the encouragement and support of writing and sharing with others in a comfortable and safe atmosphere.  New writers, unsure writers, experienced writers, all are welcome.

 

Your Leader:

Mike Davis believes everyone has a story to tell and wisdom to share.  His goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for persons to learn together.  Throughout his career he helped lead safe, respectful experiences of listening and sharing. He treasures each story and the opportunity to bring people together in transforming relationships. 

Mondays 1-3pm

2/13    2/27

3/13    3/27

4/10     4/24

5/11      5/25

Life Story Writing (Thursday class)

$27

with Mike Davis

Calendar Feb 16, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Your story matters.  You have experiences and wisdom valuable to others.  This class will help you recall, organize, and write these episodes. Sharing our stories and experiences with others in class often leads to unexpected rewards. Enjoy the encouragement and support of writing and sharing with others in a comfortable and safe atmosphere.  New writers, unsure writers, experienced writers, all are welcome.

 

Your Leader:

Mike Davis believes everyone has a story to tell and wisdom to share.  His goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for persons to learn together.  Throughout his career he helped lead safe, respectful experiences of listening and sharing. He treasures each story and the opportunity to bring people together in transforming relationships. 

Thursday 10-12 am

2/16   

3/2   3/16  3/30

4/13   4/27

5/11   5/25

Full Course

Writing Poetry

$27

with Ross Burkhardt

Calendar Feb 28, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Poetry is the language of love, art, imagination, description and discovery. Each of us is an emerging poet, published or unpublished. Is there something you want to express in poetic form but don’t know where or how to begin? Here you can take your first poetic steps – or improve your current poetic practice.

 In this WRITING POETRY 2023 course you will consider several assertions about poetry (the theory), examine several elements of poetry (the tools), discuss several classic poems (the context), compose several poems on topics of your own choosing (the individual work), share your poetic drafts and revisions with others in the course (the group work), and “publish” some of the results (the celebration).

MEETING DATES: Tuesdays – 10 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. on Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4

 THE INSTRUCTOR: Ross Burkhardt taught young adolescents for 35 years. A Dartmouth graduate and former Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, Ross is the author of Writing For Real (Stenhouse, 2003) and Using Poetry in the Classroom (R & L Education, 2006). Ross was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1998.

 

 

 





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