Memoir Writing Workshop

The process of recalling memories and events usually brings people to the realization that life has been more than ever imagined. While many people would like to write down a personal history to share with future generations, it is often hard to get started. Writer Joan Katz invites students to start the process of recording memories and telling life stories through photographs, keepsakes, and private and public data. Writing skills are not important, getting started is. Participants will have the opportunity to work together sharing the pleasures and challenges of organizing and writing the gift of a legacy. This is a terrific class to attend with close friends and family members.

This one-day workshop, for adults, is on Thursday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration cost is $30 for Arts Council members and $37 for non-members plus an $8 materials fee paid to the instructor. The deadline for registration is March 31. Bring a bag lunch.

Katz has a B.A. in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from the University of North Carolina and has done extensive graduate work in American and New England history. She is chair for the curriculum committee of the Academy of Lifelong Learning and on the executive committee of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Her memoir writing workshops have been held with numerous groups including the St. Michaels Community Center and the Dorchester County Library.

The Centre for the Arts classes are designed to renew existing interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., by calling 410.758.2520, online at or request via email at The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding, and sustaining the arts.