Writing Workshops

Once Upon a Memory: Writing from Personal and Family History

In a program suitable for senior citizen groups, libraries, heritage organizations, and other civic and community organizations, President of Modern Memoirs, Inc., Megan St. Marie, will provide a brief overview of her company’s services aimed at documenting, researching, preserving, and publishing personal and family histories. She will then guide participants through a series of writing prompts that will invite them to draw on their own memories and family histories. The goal will be to demonstrate how engaging in writing and life-review work can be a means of fostering self-discovery and deepening familial connections. Participants will be encouraged, but not required, to share their work as time permits, and there is no obligation for them to further engage Modern Memoirs services.

This writing program can be expanded or reduced to fit your group’s schedule. Travel expenses, as well an honorarium for 1.5-3 hours of programming, will be applied.

Presenter biography

Modern Memoirs President, Megan St. Marie, is a published, award-winning children’s book author and scholar under her maiden name, Megan Dowd Lambert (www.megandowdlambert.com). Much of her work as a Lecturer at Simmons University is devoted to examining child readers’ responses to illustration and book design. This background in book arts and an investment in actively listening to children respond to literature now translate into Megan's commitment to actively listen to Modern Memoirs clients as they share their personal and family (hi)stories, while helping them turn their memories and research into beautiful, heirloom books. She embarks on this new career path with great hopes for how it will enable her and her husband, Sean St. Marie, Modern Memoirs Director of Operations and Archival Projects, to model lives of purpose and partnership to the seven children in their blended family, aged 2 through 22. Learn more at www.modernmemoirs.com