Date(s) - 12/26/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Manzanita Writers Press Presents
Event: “Voices of Wisdom: Writing Classes for Seniors”
Presenter: MWP teacher-leaders
Location: Four Calaveras County Senior Facilities
Dates & Times: Four weekly sessions per month, two-hour sessions beginning August 2017 and continuing through March 2018
Cost: Free, all materials included, participants can bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, if desired
Contact: Manzanita Arts Emporium (209) 728-6171 – manzapress.com
Voices of Wisdom: Writing Classes for Calaveras County Seniors
Manzanita Writers Press kicks off its Voices of Wisdom: Preserving the Stories of Our Elders in August at the Oak Shadows Mobile Home Community. This project, funded by a generous grant from the Calaveras Community Fund, is a free writing class series for Calaveras County seniors, 55-plus, at four designated senior facilities in Calaveras County beginning in August 2017 and continuing through March 2018.
The eight-month-long series of classes, and then the culminating publications, in print and eBook forms in April, aims to assist seniors in recording their stories in written form and preparing them for an April 2018 publication, if they would like to go public. Highly-qualified writing coaches and teachers will each facilitate four writing sessions in a month, one a week for two hours.
Teacher-coaches will help participants access memories and ideas, work with writing partners, and shape pieces for an April 2018 publication. To mark the close of Voices of Wisdom, a celebratory reading at a designated facility in April will invite writing seniors to share their works.
The first session begins Tuesday, August 8, from 9 to 11am at Oak Shadows Community Clubhouse in San Andreas with Instructor Denella Kimura, who holds an MA in Education. She is a published writer and poet, radio program host, and workshop leader with many years of experience in coaching students and writers.
Space is limited to 16 participants in each of the four-week-long courses per month. Reserve a spot at one of the locations (posted on the MWP’s website Voices of Wisdom event page) by contacting MWP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-728-6171.