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Memoir-Writing Classes Returing To Greenwich Library

Joan Motyka
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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 the library is offering an advanced version for the first time, as well as the beginner class for a fifth time.

The beginner class will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for six Thursdays, beginning March 10 in the library's meeting room. Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday. Click here to register.

The advanced class is for those who previously have taken the memoir-writing workshop with Motyka. The class will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on five Wednesdays, beginning March 23 in the meeting room. Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16. Click here to register .

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.

Motyka is a former New York Times editor and writing coach, and has been an editor at The Westchester Review, a literary journal now in its sixth year. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and other publications. She has been leading memoir-writing workshops in Westchester and New York City since 2007.

"Crafting Life Stories" is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Preference is given to Greenwich and Perrot Library card holders. All others will be placed on  waiting list in order of registration. Click here for more information.

The library is at 101 W. Putnam Ave.

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