While the word “memoir” might summon images of the great and the good, recording their elevated deeds for the adoration of future generations, a new class in Newport aims to inspire people of all backgrounds to tell their life stories.
“Memoir Writing Made Easy” is a six-week class for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn and practice the art of writing memoir in an inviting and supportive environment.
Participants will study the elements of creative nonfiction, do a lot of in-class writing and sharing of stories and strive to inspire and encourage creative storytelling instinct.
Instructor Larry Lehnerz approaches writing as a daily spiritual practice while also enjoying the sense of community that develops among writers. A native of Seattle, this 25-year Boeing employee first began writing in earnest while earning BA and MA degrees from Antioch Seattle University. He met his wife in a fiction writing program at the University of Washington, later joining her to write for a social justice newspaper. Now retired, he is currently marketing two novels to literary agents.
This six-session course meets from 10 am to noon on Tuesdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 13 at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, 20 SE 2nd Street.
The class size is limited to 12 people. To sign up, drop by the center or call 541-265-9617.