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Monday Memoir Writing–Winter Session

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Members—$60 & guests—$90 for the 6-session series.

Participants write short pieces and share their writing on various topics, exploring events in their lives. Sessions are led by Beth Finke, an award-winning author, teacher, journalist, and NPR commentator.

A History of Memoir Writing at the Village

In 2011, the popular weekly memoir-writing class Village member Myrna Knepler attended at the Chicago Cultural Center grew so large that it had a waiting list to get in. That gave Myrna an idea. She asked the teacher, Beth Finke, if she might be willing to lead a class for The Village Chicago.

Susan Squires, another Village member who was in Beth’s downtown class, offered to host a free introductory class in her Lincoln Park home. The event was a success, and The Village Chicago Thursday Memoir Class started in September, 2011 with Myrna as its ambassador.

The Thursday Memoir Class filled up quickly, and recognizing growing interest in memoir-writing , the Village started a second class on Mondays. Hugh Brodkey has been the Monday Memoir Class ambassador since it started, and Beth Finke continues to lead both classes.

As one of our most popular and long-running programs, the Memoir Groups are often wait-listed. The Village Chicago is a membership organization and members receive priority for all programs. If you are interested in joining this program, please call the Village office at 773.248.8700 to inquire about availability.


Monday, January 27, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Hosts: Pam & Mel Washburn
Lakeview and Fullerton
Chicago, IL United States
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