Betty & Ralph Sheffer Gallery
Tuesday, Feburary 8th 6-8pm
$15 members, $20 non-members
Light fare will be provided.
“Home Is Where the Story Is: Writing About Family”
The Westport Historical Society is pleased to announce a special writing workshop with Weston resident Amanda Geffner called Home is Where The Story is: Writing about Family. Join local writer and psychotherapist Amanda Geffner for an exciting workshop geared to help participants explore family roots through writing and to playfully uncover family tradition, history and lore. The workshop is being held in collaboration with the Oral History Department of WHS. Participants will be given their own personal journal to write in and take home. What are the stories of your family? Who are the “characters,” the storytellers, the family-history makers? What journeys have they made and what has been passed on to you? Come join us to explore these themes in writing.
If you wish, make plans to ask those questions that you’ve always wanted to of relatives before we meet. Bring photos or small objects, which will help you to connect to who and what you’re writing of, or simply bring an open heart. No previous writing experience required. Brief readings and optional prompts will be offered to help get the process started. Those already engaged with a particular family-related theme are welcome to continue what they’ve started. Come ready with ideas or come and let your pen surprise you. A significant amount of workshop time will be devoted to in-group writing, followed by the opportunity to share the stories we have written down. Reading our work to one another will be optional and in the spirit of providing resonance, appreciation and enjoyment. Amanda Hirsch Geffner, MA, LCSW is a writer, editor, and group facilitator. She is a founding editor of the journal, Psychoanalytic Perspectives: A Journal of Integration and Innovation, in which she has published essays and moderated roundtables on politics and psychoanalysis and spirituality/religion and psychoanalysis. She has also been published in The New Yorker and in Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She facilitates “Jump-Start-Your-Writing” workshops from her home in Weston, CT. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and personal essays. Additionally, Ms. Geffner is in private practice as a psychotherapist and coach. She works with both children and adults and is certified in the trauma treatment technique EMDR. She has offices in Westport, CT and Manhattan, NY. Limited seating; register by calling the Westport Historical Society at 203-222-1424. Light refreshments will be served. Workshop fee includes a journal and graphite pencil.