MAMARONECK, N.Y. Local seniors will have the chance to tell their life stories through a competitive grant recently won by the Mamaroneck Public Library.
How often do you win a grant like this? Its wonderful, Mamaroneck Public Library Director Susan Riley said.
Beginning Friday, the library will open registration for its new memoir writing workshop designed specifically for those over the age of 55. First priority will be given to village residents, but any senior is allowed to apply. There are 15 spots available.
We are excited to offer this kind of experience for the seniors, Riley said.
The grant, awarded by local organization Lifetime Arts, pays for an instructor to teach an eight-week course on memoir writing. The course will have presentations, workshops and guidance for those in the classes. Focusing on memory and art, the class will use selected photographs from their own collections to prompt writing exercises, group discussions and individual reflection.
The group instructor, Judith Dupré, is a resident of Mamaroneck and active library patron. She is the author of 10 New York Times best-selling books in both nonfiction and creative nonfiction. She has taught previous writing workshops that emphasize writing as a tool of self-understanding and holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she focused on the nature and ethics of community building.
In December, a presentation will be held at the library for the public to come and enjoy the memoirs written by Mamaronecks senior citizens. The edited texts and photos will be also be combined into individual printed books for each of the seniors stories.
So many libraries offer numerous programs for children, and other community members, so we are so happy to be able to offer this program for seniors, Riley said.
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