CONTACT: Isobel Schneider
Berkeley Public Library
A Free Memoir-Writing Workshop led by Frances Lefkowitz, San Francisco author, will be held at the Berkeley Public Library. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, from May 21 to June 25, 2013. The class is limited to 25 students. Advanced registration is required. Please call 510-981-6196, to sign up. In this six-session, hands-on workshop for people of all ages and backgrounds, students write personal essays, or true stories, about the events, people, and places in their lives. The process of writing and reflection brings added layers of reflection and context which turn the telling into literature; they also help the writers see with fresh understanding the stories they've heard or told their whole lives. “Everybody has at least one story worth putting into words and onto paper,” says Instructor Frances Lefkowitz, the author of To Have Not, a memoir about growing up poor in San Francisco in the 1970s and an examination of what poverty does to the soul. To Have Not was named one of five “Best Memoirs of 2010” by SheKnows.com. Her articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in commercial magazines (Whole Living, Body+Soul, Utne Reader...) and literary journals (Tin House, The Sun, Glimmer Train Stories...) and have earned two special mentions for the Pushcart Prize and one for Best American Essays, among other honors. She is the book reviewer for Good Housekeeping and teaches writing workshops throughout the Bay Area. The class will be held at the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library located at 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley in the 4th floor Story Room. For more program information call 510-981-6148 or connect to www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.