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Writers Workshops

Inprint Senior Memoir Workshop

Tuesdays Starting October 12 10:00 am–11:30 am running 6 weeks
Instructor: Josie Mitchell

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

This is a free workshop for adults 65 years of age and older. 

The Inprint Senior Memoir Workshops have been running at Finnigan Park Community Center in the Fifth Ward for more than 15 years.

We all have things to learn from each other. Senior citizens in particular have had rich lives with a variety of life experiences. So much can be gained by getting those stories on the page. For seniors, sharing and documenting one’s life stories can serve as a great form of self-reflection and intellectual stimulation. For future generations, these stories can serve as an important source of family, neighborhood, and community history. 

This Inprint Senior Memoir Workshop, will help participants learn how to write about the past in a way that brings what one has experienced to life on the page. Through a variety of creative and fun weekly in-class writing activities and short readings of excerpts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the class will help participants find and strengthen their writing voice in a supportive and encouraging environment. While this class is based in memoir writing and writing from one’s own experiences, all forms of writing are welcome and will be celebrated. All participants will be invited to share their work during the classes, but none will be required. The class and all related activities are designed for all experience levels.

The Inprint Senior Memoir Workshops are generously underwritten by Robin Angly and Miles Smith.

about the instructor

JOSIE MITCHELL is a recipient of an Inprint Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Fellowship while earning her MFA in fiction at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She served as a nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast, as well as an advisor to the UH undergraduate literary magazine Glass Mountain and Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers. Her work can be found in Flyway: Journal or Writing and Environment, Boneshaker, Vancouver Contemporary Museum and more. Recipient of the Houston Arts Alliance Support for Artists and Creative Individual 2020 grant, she has led the Inprint Senior Memoir Workshop at Finnigan Park since 2016 and has been on the Inprint Poetry Buskers team for several years.