Spencertown Academy Presents Memoir Workshop with Elizabeth Diggs

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents a memoir-writing workshop with Elizabeth Diggs. Due to popular demand, there will be two sections of the workshop. The first cohort will meet on consecutive Sundays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm via Zoom on January 10, 17, 24, and 31. The second cohort will meet on consecutive Sundays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm via Zoom on February 21 and 28 and March 7 and 14. Enrollment is limited to ten participants per section. The cost is $60 for four sessions. To register, please see www.spencertownacademy.org.

“Begin the New Year putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and crafting the memories you’ve been waiting to tell, with expert tutelage,” says Kelly Kynion, Academy board member. “Our region is rich in creative writing talent, and we’re delighted to offer these workshops with Liz Diggs, who is a wonderful teacher. She’s so popular, the first section is already nearly sold out, so don’t delay signing up!”

“Writing a memoir is a journey to an unknown destination. The writer may believe that she or he knows the way, but the road will lead to surprising turns and forks that can bring forgotten memories into sharp focus and suddenly ‘let the future in,’” says Diggs. “We will hope to open those doors, and step through them to tell the story of where our life has taken us.”

Elizabeth Diggs is a playwright whose plays include Grant and Twain, NightingaleClose TiesGoodbye FreddyAmerican BeefDumping GroundPricelessHow to Plant a Rose, and Custer’s Luck; produced off-Broadway and at regional theaters. She was Professor of Dramatic Writing at Tisch/NYU. She is the book writer for the musical Mirette, with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmdt, and wrote for the TV drama St. Elsewhere. Her honors and awards include a Guggenheim, NEA, Los Angeles DramaLogue award, the CBS / FDG prize, Kennedy Center grant for new American plays, the Edgerton Foundation grant, and runner-up for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. She is now working on a memoir called My Oklahoma about growing up in Tulsa.

This program is made possible with support from Rochelle Bartolo, Beach and Bartolo Realtors.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact info@spencertownacademy.org.