BROOKINGS, S.D. - Have you always wanted to record your memories so your family could cherish your stories for years to come, but never sat down and put pen to paper? Creative writing has many benefits aside from preserving valuable memories. Leacey Brown, SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist says it also helps sharpen the mind and provides a therapeutic outlet for emotions.
On January 12 from noon to 1 p.m. CST, SDSU Extension will host the online workshop “Heirlooms: Creative Life Writing.” Free and open to the public, the class will provide writing prompts which encourage participants to pen their life memories through sensory detail.
The class will be led by Molly Barari, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Wilkes University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult Education at the University of South Dakota.
"Writing your life stories may seem intimidating, but this fun and interactive workshop will walk you through every step," says Barari. "Writing down your stories is a chance to leave a special gift for your family. These stories are heirlooms that can be passed from generation to generation."
Barari will provide writing prompts to help participants identify the important details of their lives. For the workshop, participants should have access to a notebook and pen or a Word program on their computer. All ages of adults are welcome to attend.
This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to register soon.
There is no cost to participate. Registration can be found at the Events page.
For more information, contact Brown at 605.394.1722 or by email.