Elayne Clift’s writing workshop

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Join Elayne Clift’s writing workshop “Making Meaning of Memory –Without Falling Down the Rabbit Hole!” Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rockingham Library. Memories provide insight into our lives and help us to understand who we are – and how we got that way. They can offer meaningful triggers for writers in all genre, not just memoirists.

Often, however, writing from memory can lead us down a dark rabbit hole of introspection. Take heart! As George Gershwin knew, “It ain’t necessarily so!” This workshop will focus on our life experiences with rigor and honesty, but without falling down the dark hole of humorless self-absorption. We will emphasize the funny side of things as we remember and reflect upon the loony world in which we live. What could be better in this time of angst? Come with ideas, memories, laptop or paper/pen, and a sense of the funny and absurd! Feel free to bring a bag lunch and a beverage.

Elayne Clift, a Vermont Humanities Council scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally. Clift, who formerly worked internationally on public health, communications, and gender issues, published her novel, “Hester’s Daughters,” based on “The Scarlet Letter,” in 2012. Her latest book, “Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales from a Not So Innocent Abroad,” will appear in 2019. For more information, please visit www.elayne-clift.com.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org, call 802-463-4270, email programming@rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, Vt.

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