The four-session workshop will introduce participants to writing a short story or memoir. Stories,
whether memoir or fiction, often begin with a life or real-world event that fascinates and inspires
the storyteller in us all to write. The participants will engage their creative writing muscles in
four sessions through close readings of fiction and memoir, in-class, and weekly assignments
from writing prompts that use prose, visual imagery, poetry, and science to inspire stories.
Through immersion in inventive storytelling the stories will begin with a propelling event that
incites action and move through to a surprising resolution. Empathy and the mysteries of
emotions, details of the senses, and cause and effect will focus the writing. As we explore the
internal and external conflicts in our lives and the world through writing, the depth of experience
and the world of a storyteller will emerge. In four sessions, the participants will have a draft of a
short story or the first pages of a memoir.
Emily Rubin writes from her home in Copake, NY. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have recently
appeared in Wingless Dreamer, Oldster Magazine, Good Works Review, and Swim Press. Her
debut novel, STALINA, won a publishing contract in the Amazon Debut Novel Award Contest.
She is currently working on a novel based on her experiences homesteading a tenement in the
Limited to 10 participants. Registration required. Register by emailing email@example.com.
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for the Arts.
Date and Time
Tuesday Jul 5, 2022
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Weekly on Tuesday 3:30-5:00PM
Tuesday, July 5- Tuesday, Jul 26
Roe Jan Library