Memoir Writing Workshop Kicks Off on Jan. 10

Dec 21, 2016

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m., memoir writing workshops will be held at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. The sessions, led by Sue Cummings, will explore the genre through the book, The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith. Participants will be guided in writing scenes from their lives in 750 words. The group will meet from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month through April.

Cummings said participants are welcome to bring their own laptop or notebook. A selection of relevant books will be available for checkout, as well as free WiFi and plenty of electrical outlets.

A retired medical technologist and former head of the biology department at Georgian Court University, Cummings said she has always had a passion for writing. She regularly participates in the the adult writers group and poets studio that meet at the branch.

“A memoir is not an autobiography,” she said. “An autobiography is your life story. A memoir consists of scenes and stories of certain things that have happened in your life.”

People are not required to attend all the worskhops.

“I would also like interested persons to know that they do not have to be an experienced writer,” said the Cedar Run resident. “In fact, memoir is a genre of writing where beginners are not disadvantaged. Great true stories and a willingness to write them down are all that is required. Each session we will freewrite to find out writer’s voice, take a deep dive into the art of storytelling and remember our lives, its times, places, people and events.”

People can register on line at, by calling the branch at  609-494-2480. —E.E.

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