Begin Your Book-Length Memoir -Saturday, January 7 , 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive /Join Melissa Hart for a lively workshop to learn how to get started writing a book-length memoir. Participants will consider examples from published memoirs to choose a way to begin; identify key themes and/or historical eras in their lives; and learn how to use details along with the classic narrative arc to shape a memoir. / Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs “Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family” and “Gringa,” as well as the YA novel “Avenging the Owl.” Hart is a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine and an editor/consultant at Creator & Collector Services.
Windfall Reading: Dorothy Black Crow and Susan Sygall -Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive/This month’s Windfall Reading features novelist and poet Dorothy Black Crow and memoirist Susan Sygall as part of More Voices, a Lane Literary Guild project promoting multicultural approaches to the literary arts. / Dorothy Black Crow is the author of the mystery “The Lakota Handless Maiden” and many widely-published short stories, poems, and other works. Among her honors is a Pushcart Prize nomination. An educator as well, she currently teaches creative nonfiction with Willamette Writers, Oregon Writers Colony, and Writers in the Schools. / Susan Sygall is the author of the memoir “No Ordinary Days” about her work as CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). The organization works globally to advance disability rights and leadership, with a focus on women and girls with disabilities. Sygall has received many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the U.S. President’s Award. / More Voices is a new project of Lane Literary Guild to promote multicultural approaches to the literary arts. As part of the Windfall Reading Series, More Voices will bring together authors and audiences for greater inclusion, access, and collaboration. More Voices is made possible in part by a small grant from Lane Arts Council with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. Refreshments served at intermission.