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Greenwich Library Presents Memoir Writing With Joan Motyka

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Greenwich Library is offering memoir writing classes beginning in March. Photo Credit: Laura Buckman, file

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Memoir writing is a special form of art, and this March Greenwich Library will help would-be memoirists get started.

Previous sessions of Crafting Life Stories, led by former New York Times editor Joan Motyka, have proven so popular with patrons that the library is offering an advanced version for the first time, as well as the beginner's class for a fifth time.

The beginner's class will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for six Thursdays beginning March 10 in the library Meeting Room. (No class March 31.) Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

The advanced class is for those who previously have taken the memoir-writing workshop with Motyka. The class will meet on five Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning March 23 in the Meeting Room. (No class April 20.) Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16.

Both workshops are designed to help people discover and tell the stories only they can tell - and to do so in a supportive environment that encourages even beginning writers.

With a background in journalism and fiction, Motyka will offer journalistic tools and literary techniques to help people explore the significance of people, places and events in their lives. Using readings, prompts and writing assignments, she helps students draw stories from memory, organize them into a narrative and polish them through revision.

Students will read and discuss passages from published memoirs and occasionally from poetry or fiction that illustrate that week’s topic. Topics will include how to look at yourself as a narrator of stories, how to capture the richness of place, how to plumb your intersection with history, and how to understand the role of other people in your stories.

There also will be a discussion of dialogue, as well as tips on research, interviewing and revision.

Please contact Michele Martin at 203-625-6533 or to register with your Greenwich or Perrot Library card number, or by using the library’s online calendar/registration system at

Preference is given to Greenwich and Perrot Library card holders. All others will be placed on a waiting list in order of registration.

Greenwich Library is at 101 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich.

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