Memoir Workshop: Telling Your Story

Jean Rae Baxter's "Telling Your Story" workshop has been held at numerous library branches through Hamilton Wentworth Public Library, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Lennox & Addington Library Services in the full Five Sessions version. It has been offered at Port Hope Public Library as a one-session introductory workshop.

Description of the Five-Sessions Workshop
The full workshop in memoir writing comprises five weekly sessions, each two hours in length. In between these sessions, there are weekly assignments, each requiring about two hours. Following the five sessions, there is an individual meeting with each participant to polish the finished work. At a final Showcase, the participants have an opportunity to present an excerpt of their memoir to family and friends.
Professional Fee: $600. This includes the five sessions, "final polishing" meeting, and acting as MC at the showcase, if the hosting organization wishes to present the participants' finished writing. Payment of travel expenses by car or public transit from Kingston, Ontario. to the workshop location is also required.

Description of the One-Session Workshop
Participants will spend a morning or an afternoon learning how to use the tools of fiction to write a memoir that people will want to read. They will learn how to create vivid characters and an effective setting, how to shape a narrative, and how to open and close a story. After a few practice exercises, they will be ready to make a good start on their own writing project.
Professional Fee: $200.00. Payment of travel expenses by car or public transit from Kingston, Ontario. to the workshop location is also required.

Jean Rae Baxter

Writing Family History: A Two-Hour Workshop

Jean Rae Baxter
(Grand River Branch, UELAC. April, 2019)

Jean Rae Baxter's "Writing Family History" is a workshop for persons interested in writing a story about their family. Participants learn how to create vivid characters, setting and action from dry facts and records. They learn how the tools of fiction make history come to life so that they have a story to keep, to share with family and friends, and to pass on to the next generation.

Local historical societies, branches of genealogical societies and other heritage groups might make this workshop part of their program.

It has been presented at conferences and meetings of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada in Moose Jaw, Kingston, Brantford and Gatineau.