You Have a Story To Share!! Come Join Us in Writing your Memoir.

                                                      Everyone has a story to tell!!!!

Join us every Sunday Oct 14th- Nov 11 at the Avenue M restaurant in Asheville for the support, learning and sharing on writing your Memoir.



Bring your pencil and join us on October 14th for the first of a 5 week series of writing your memoirs.

Time:  2:30-4:30


October 14th –                                    Patti Digh   – Examples of Memoirs

October 21st –                                    Sarah Larson – How to begin- gathering the threads of memory

October 28th –                                     Janese Derrough   – Development/empowerment

November 4th –                                     Jane Goodwin – Sharing

November 11th–                   Cynthia Drew – Bringing it all together- publishing

COST $35– for the entire series

To register- call Teri Siegel @ 350-8181- space is limited

*** plan on attending all sessions – it will be worth every moment

Avenue M will supply journals/tissues and Iced Tea – you bring the memories


Bios of the facilitators:

Patti Digh “If the Buddha had two kids, a dog named Blue, a Southern accent, and a huge crush on Johnny Depp, his name would be Patti Digh,” wrote one reviewer after Digh’s grassroots bestseller, Life Is a Verb, was published. Patti is a Southern-born master storyteller whose stories are full of humor, poignancy, surprise, pain, and knowing. With her work, she is creating a new genre she calls social memoir, merging personal and societal narrative, memory, and recognitions. Patti is the author of seven books, including the best-selling Life Is a Verb, a Books for a Better Life finalist; Creative Is a Verb; Four-Word Self-Help; and What I Wish for You. Her newest book is The Geography of Loss, due out in June 2013. Visit her at

Sarah Larson is the author of Memoir: bloomies & me   with experience teaching memoir for over 30 years, most currently in the winter session of College for Seniors.  She is the founder/director of Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch and a storyteller and storytelling teacher.  In addition she used all of these, plus experience in collecting oral history in the Foxfire tradition, in producing an award winning ethnographic video of Appalachia entitled “The Sharing Season”.   “When a person dies an entire library is lost”, she says.  “Everyone has stories to preserve and pass on.  I hope to help you have fun and a sense of achievement in doing that.”

Janese Derrough is nationally acclaimed as an Empowerment/Intuitive Guide helping others through workshops, lectures, and individual sessions for over thirty years. She is an UNCA Alumni with a BA in Ethics and Social Institutions. She has written a weekly column for an Asheville newspaper. Currently, she is working with a blog that shares others empowerment and intuitive stories creating a community platform to inspire and share with one another.  Janese has been living in Asheville for over twelve years, has fostered seventeen children and is a mother of five adopted children. Her love for children has extended out to teaching English to children in Greece as a volunteer. She and her husband have travelled extensively enjoying other cultures, including recently trekking to Mount Everest base camp in the Himalayas.

Jane Goodwin -Planting seeds of thought, digging for vivid descriptions, nurturing new ideas, harvesting the bounty of originality – these implements are in every writing teacher’s bag of tricks! For 35 years I was privileged to teach English/Creative Writing.  Having fun with students gave me unlimited opportunities to witness the power of the written word.  I am so excited to help you write your stories!!!


Cynthia Drew’s memoir “THE HIGH ROAD TO TAOS” was published by Middle English Review in 2006. She teaches memoir writing periodically at Reuter Center and her best-selling historical novels, CITY OF SLAUGHTER, and STEALING FIRST, and a children’s book, WHERE DO MISSING THINGS GO?  were released this year by different publishers. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. She lives in Weaverville.


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