Virtual Lecture Series: Writing Workshop: Memoirs & Family History

 Monday, June 29, 2020 - Thursday, July 2  
Virtual/Zoom

These 90-minute virtual lectures are held at 10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday through Zoom, an online conferencing service.

This week's non-traditional, interactive, hands-on writing workshops will be presented virtually via Zoom with the overarching theme of Memoirs & Family History. The four sessions incorporate the processes and practices used in writing circles that were developed by Women Writing for (a) Change in Cincinnati, Ohio. These are confidential, safe, nurturing non-competitive spaces where writers can find their own, authentic voice. The workshops are led by Nike Mendenhall.

Monday, June 29

10:30 a.m., The Art & Practice of Memoir: Connecting Generations

What questions do you wish you could ask your parents, grandparents and previous generations that would better explain family traditions and stories? This Zoom writing workshop will help you to consider what you would like to pass on to the next generation.


Tuesday, June 30

10:30 a.m., Cultivating Creativity: Childhood Memories

This Zoom writing workshop explores the relationship between creativity and originality, “re-member-ing” events in childhood as topics for stories, including those with a universal theme.


Wednesday, July 1

10:30 a.m., A Sense of Place: Where Our Stories Happen

Recognizing the importance of setting when writing our life stories, this Zoom writing workshop ties generations together who share a place with memories, like Lakeside.


Thursday, July 2

10:30 a.m. Memoir: A Gift of Meaning

Writing memoir stories is a gift to those who follow us. This Zoom writing workshop seeks to source what is meaningful and that honors the gift in ourselves, others and the world around us.


More on Nike Mendenhall

Nike Mendenhall is a facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change. A nonprofit organization based out of Cincinnati, the organization offers a safe and non-competitive environment for individuals to develop their writing skills, cultivate their creativity and strengthen their voices.

Mendenhall is the current President of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and the former secretary of Port Clinton Artists’ Club. She is a former Trustee for League of Women Voters of Ohio and Women Writing for (a) Change.

Mendenhall retired from substitute teaching, a position she held for more than 10 years in the areas around Cincinnati, after spending five years as Program and Education Manager and Interim Executive Director at The Quincy Museum in Quincy, Ill.

She has written columns for Telocator Magazine, a trade journal for the telecommunications industry and published numerous articles, including Once a Newcomer, Always a Newcomer and Conflict Management in Art and Cultural Institutions.

Mendenhall is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She earned her master’s degree in art administration and business administration from the University of Cincinnati.

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