Elizabeth Diggs

Spencertown Academy Presents Memoir Workshop with Elizabeth Diggs

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents an in-person memoir-writing workshop with Elizabeth Diggs. The class will meet for six sessions at the Academy from March 8 through April 12 on Wednesdays between 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

The Academy has installed Blueair HealthProtect 7470 air purifiers in the auditorium and table seating will be well spaced. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants (with a minimum of eight) and the cost is $180. To register, please see www.spencertownacademy.org.

“Liz Diggs is a wonderful teacher and we are so happy to be able to offer this course with her again. The personal memoir has become one of our most popular genres,” says Jill Kalotay, Academy board member. “Every life is a compelling and unique story. In this workshop, explore how to shape and explore your stories. Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and craft the memories you’ve been waiting to tell—with expert tutelage!”

“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.

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.