Thursday, April 15, 2010

Family Folktales - Write Your Own!

Family folktales- every family’s got ‘em!
Family Folktales: Write Your Own
6:30-7:30 pm, Wednesdays, May 12 & 19 Or 10am-12:15pm Saturday, May 15
Conference Room, Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park
$32 residents/$39 non-residents
Fee includes Family Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories workbook

Family heroes, prized heirlooms, and memorable gatherings are among the many folktale themes participants will write about in the upcoming Family Folktales: Write Your Own! workshop. The first session will be held 6:30-7:30 pm on May 12 and 19. The second session will be offered from 10am to 12:15pm on May 15. Both classes will be held at the Rohnert Park Community Center Conference Room at 5401 Snyder Lane.

The workshop which provides useful information about how to turn family stories into family folktales is for all levels of writers. The course will include an introduction to folktale motifs and in-class writing exercises designed to generate easy-to-write folktales.

Participants will receive a copy of the 122-page Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories workbook. Written by workshop facilitator Karen Pierce Gonzalez it was published by Folkheart Press (2009) and provides folktale guidelines, sample folktales and information about folktale podcasts and scrapbooking techniques as well as other creative resources for preserving folktales.

Karen Pierce Gonzalez is a member of the Western States Folklore Society and earned her degree in Anthropological Linguistics/Folklore from Sonoma State University. She has been facilitating writing workshops for many years and has earned several fiction and non-fiction awards, including Farmhouse Magazine’s Editor Choice Award and nomination for the Pushcart Prize in short stories.

She is currently at work on Folktales You Can Eat, a collection of food related folktales and foodlore.

Registration fee for the workshop is $32 Rohnert Park residents, $39 non-residents. For more information, call 707-792-5476 or 707-792-4376. Wheelchair accessible.

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