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Harlem Library
9 West 124th Street New York, NY 10027


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Jun 18 2024


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Everyone Has a Story: The How’s and Why’s of Memoir

Join us for a free writing workshop from our friends at the Community-Word Project!

Why write about your life? The ridiculous, hilarious, tragic, and mundane moments that make up our lives are rich writing material. And voicing our personal story can be an act of service. These moments can unveil the whole of our lived experience, and the meaning we assign to it. Writing a memoir can feel like a daunting task. In this fun workshop we will learn how to start with a narrow focus, or “one-inch picture frame” as Annie Lamott says. Using the contents of our school lunches, we can unpack information about cultural, social scene, family dynamics, and much more. In fact, all of these layers, peppered with sensory details, could form an entire story. Writing about the contents of your lunch box can unlock other memoir-rich topics. Be prepared to go through playful and experimental pre-writing and drafting processes, and share your work with your peers.


  • Audience: Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years)