Fraser Valley residents who wish to write their life stories or family histories can kick-start the process at two lifewriting sessions (1-4:30pm) on February 23 and March 2, 2019 at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford. Participants will identify strategies for completing the four-step writing process, explore the principles and best practices of creative non-fiction, and gain insights into thorny issues such as how much truth to tell and dealing with trauma. The seminar will be instructed by local writer/editor Philip Sherwood. Cost is $95 with a 10% discount for Reach Friends.
“We have held two information sessions on lifewriting that have been well attended,” says Anna Williams, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement at The Reach. “It’s clear that many people want to write their stories, and this seminar equips them with the necessary skills to get going.”
Williams emphasizes that registration is required and can be completed online at thereach.ca, by phone at 604.864.8087 (ext. 0), or in person at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. A course outline is also available on The Reach’s website.
Philip Sherwood’s company lifewriters.ca specialises in helping individuals, families, organisations, and communities tell and preserve their stories in book form. Sherwood has twice been awarded the Abbotsford Arts Council Arty Award for Literary Merit.
The Reach Gallery Museum will offer two more workshops for lifewriters and family historians this spring. A session on book and cover design and self-publishing will be held on March 9, and a seminar on interviewing skills is scheduled for March 16. Both sessions run 1-4pm. For more information, visit thereach.ca or call The Reach.
Anna Williams, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement
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