Memories become stories at Community Center workshop

Posted:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:15am

Have you ever wanted to capture a memory so others could share it, too? Maybe it was a particular person or event or feeling you experienced. If so, the Community Center is offering a workshop to help you do just that.

Beginning on May 2 from 10 a.m. until noon, communications specialist Barbara Burt will hold a six-week workshop on Tuesdays designed to help attendees capture their memories in the form of a finished written story. The workshop will meet weekly at the Center and Burt will take participants through the process of selecting the topic, drafting a story and then polishing the written piece. In addition, Burt will meet with attendees individually to offer encouragement on their work.

“People do want to tell stories,” she told the Boothbay Register in a recent interview. “We have a workshop in Damariscotta now and the stories came pouring out.”  Asked what the workshop attendees should expect, she said the workshop is “not a writers’ group. You don’t need to be a writer to join us and you don’t even need to have a story in mind.”

Burt approaches the workshops by establishing an atmosphere with few limits and giving the attendees support with technical help. They learn how to go from descriptive details to a finished piece. Burt also is adamant that, if an attendee wants to keep their story private, they can. Participants do not critique their fellow members’ work; the focus is on being supportive.

The workshop is limited to six participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. All ages are welcome and those attending will need to have access to a computer. Burt emphasized, the goal is to have fun; there will be laughter along the way, she said.

To sign up, call the Community Center at 633-9876.