Reading and Writing Women’s Lives: The Seasoned Woman

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In this workshop we will read and discuss memoirs, stories, essays, letters, and poetry written by and about women in the second half of life. Some of the readings will depict the experiences of older women, others will be reflections by those women on the phases of their lives as girls, young, and mature women. Mining these readings for perspectives on what it means to be a woman and a woman coming into her fullness, we’ll sample a variety of approaches to writing about our lives. Each session will include conversation, discussion of craft, and a writing prompt. The short readings will include such authors as Angelou, Athill, Strout, Sackville-West, Grumbach, and Olds. Note: No meeting Nov 25, Dec 23 & Dec 30.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Sara Mansfield Taber

Sara Mansfield Taber is author of Chance Particulars: A Writer’s Field Notebook. She has also published the award-winning Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter; Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia, and Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf. Her essays, memoirs, and cultural commentary have appeared in literary journals such as The American Scholar, newspapers including The Washington Post, and have been produced for public radio. More about her at:


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