Wednesday, June 26, 2013

LifeStory Writing Workshop at the Library

LifeStory Writing Workshops
The LifeStory Institute  3591 Letter Rock Road  Manhattan KS 66502 USA
Email  Phone 785.564.1118

Media Release - Wed., June 26, 2013

     “The world is made of stories, not atoms,” as the poet said, and on Thursday, August 1, 2013, 6 to 8 pm,  those who come to the writing workshop at the South Sioux City Public Library will get a chance to show how true that is.  Charley Kempthorne, a writer and teacher who has made a career of helping people write the stories of their life, will conduct a two hour workshop at the Library at that time.  Kempthorne, who was a pioneer in the “Memoir Movement” started the first reminiscence writing workshop anywhere in 1976 in his hometown of Manhattan, KS, USA.  “Everyone can write stories,” Kempthorne insists, “and often the ones who have the least training as writers do the best job.”   

So it was with his very first student in 1976, Jessie Foveaux, who didn’t publish her memoir for twenty years because she didn’t think it would be of interest to anybody but her family.  But when it did attract the attention of the New York media it auctioned for one million dollars and left Jessie, by then 97 years old, a wealthy woman.  (She died three years later at age 100; her book Any Given Day, was published by Warner Books.)  “Not everyone will get a million dollars from a big publishing house for their memoir,” Kempthorne readily concedes, “but what they write will be worth much more--priceless really--to their family and friends.  And it’ll be a valuable contribution to human history as well.”

Kempthorne has done hundreds of workshops in the USA and in Canada.  During this Northwest Road Trip he will do more than twenty workshops in twenty states and provinces of Canada.  He has written a popular book that is in most libraries,  For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History, and he also publishes monthly a periodical called LifeStory for memoirists and family historians.  His newest book is Narrative Journaling: 28 Days to Writing the Rest of Your Life.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Library and the Scribes Writers Group.  It is free and open to all ages.  Advance registration is recommedned.  Register at the Library or by telephone (402.494.7545) or email 

For information, comment or to request an interview, please contact Charley at 785.564.1118 or email him at  Thank you!

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