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Oct
23
4:00 PM16:00

Memoir Workshop SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT! Join award-winning memoirist Grace Talusan for a Concord Festival of Authors Wednesday Writing Workshop focus on the art of memoir. Grace will share techniques that help writers get to the heart of their stories, navigating the balance of narrative gravity and emotional authenticity. Workshop held at non-profit Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street, Suite 302, Concord. $15. Space is limited. Registration required at the BeWellBeHere.org or by calling 978-203-2825.

Grace Talusan’s memoir, The Body Papers, won Restless Books’ first Prize for New Immigrant Writing in nonfiction. In her artful and searching book, Talusan sheds light on dark experiences: childhood abuse, multiple preventive surgeries, being an undocumented immigrant, depression, fraught family dynamics, and her struggle to reconcile cultural identities as a Filipino immigrant. Weaving in government documents, medical records, immigration papers, and family photographs, The Body Papers is a moving, timely, and ultimately uplifting narrative of what women’s bodies can be made to endure. Grace teaches at Tufts and Grub Street in Boston.

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Oct
30
4:00 PM16:00

Write for Life Workshop

Join CFA curator and Be Well Be Here founder, Lara Wilson, for a Concord Festival of Authors Wednesday Writing Workshop that celebrates your innate skills as a storyteller. We’ll experiment with mindful awareness practices that tap into the essential elements of your story and transform ideas into possibility on the page. Discover techniques that allow your creativity to flow and give you confidence to progress with your writing process. Feel free to bring work-in-progress to share! $15. ONLY 2 SPACES remain! Registration required on-line at BeWellBeHere.org or by calling 978-203-2825.

Lara JK Wilson’s prize-winning short fiction has been published in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Printers Row, and the Chicago Tribune Book Section, among others. She was awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fiction Fellowship and fiction scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, as well as recognition from the Nelson Algren Awards and the Mark Twain Award for Fiction. Lara taught master fiction workshops for a decade and served on the board of directors of Grub Street in Boston for six years. Currently, she is a board member of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, where she curates the Authors Series, Mindfulness Programming, and the Concord Festival of Authors.

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Oct
16
4:00 PM16:00

Fiction Workshop - SOLD OUT

Finding Inspiration for Fiction Writing

Aspiring writers are often encouraged to write what we know, but many great works of fiction are set in times and places not known first-hand by their authors. How do we use our imaginations to take us into territory we’ve never charted before? Join us for the first Wednesday Writing Workshop on October 16 as part of the Concord Festival of Authors. In this discussion and guided writing session with award-winning fiction writer, Virginia Pye, we’ll explore unexpected sources of inspiration: anecdotes passed down in families, newspaper articles that resemble fictional plots, overheard snippets of conversation, old photographs, and more. We'll train ourselves to spot story ideas in our daily lives and in what we read and experience through art, movies, and even music. Using photos and other writing prompts, we’ll embark on imaginative journeys of our own.

Workshop held at non-profit Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street, Suite 302, Concord. $15. Space is limited. Registration required at BeWellBeHere.org or by calling 978-203-2825.

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