If you would like to learn more about your family tree, make plans to attend the African-American Memoir Workshops at The Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum.
The museum will sponsor six workshops in April and May, in the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center Art Annex from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The six workshops will be held April 14, 21, 28, and on May 5, 12, 19. The cost is $25 ($20 for members.)
“Here’s your opportunity to create an archive of memories that will be displayed and maintained by the Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum for generations,” said Lynette James, who heads the museum.
“In this creative writing workshop we’ll explore stories of Black life – epic and anecdotal,” James said. “We’ll generate notes and ideas as a group, read samples of memoir, and learn the tools and language of creative writing.”
“You’ll share your written work in a stimulating and supportive environment,” James said. “Then, when we’re ready, we’ll share your stories; share your history.”
The instructor will be Lisa Hart, director of the Seven Cities Writer’s Project and former director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. Hartz holds a master’s degree in English Writing from Hollins University, and a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Miami.