Monday, August 4, 2008

Writopia's Family Memoir Workshop Series at Bryant Park

Posted by Rebecca Wallace-Segall

Writopia held its annual family workshop at Bryant Park over three Saturdays in July. At these hour and half workshops, a small group of kids and teens discussed quietly with their parents (or sometimes with an aunt or uncle) a shared experience they each wished to write about.

Some families chose to write about an earthquake they survived together, others wrote about a young family member's ordeal with a broken bone, others wrote about a family member's dreamy 8th birthday party. Each family wrote about the same event from their own point of view. At the end, as each participant read their memoir aloud, the group was brought to laughter over and over again, and sometimes to tears. It is an event we look forward to year after year!

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