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Urbandale Public Library/Pandemic Memoirs

How will we remember the Coronavirus pandemic? What do we want future generations to know about our experience?

It sounds like a cliche, but we are truly living in an unprecedented time! Writing down our memories of this historic period helps create an important record for future generations. Writing can also be cathartic, helping us gain perspective in uncertain times.

Creating short memoirs gives us the opportunity to reflect and capture a snapshot of this moment in time. To help you get started, the Urbandale Public Library is hosting two special memoir writing workshops focused on recording memories of the Covid-19 pandemic.

No previous writing experience necessary; writers of all skill levels are welcome. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. Workshops will be delivered online via Zoom.


Life Stories Memoir Program

We’re pleased to bring back the popular Life Stories memoir writing program for two special sessions focused on recording memories of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this program, you’ll work to create a collection of short memoirs to share now and pass on to future generations. We’ll share writing prompts and talk about our memories.  Ideas generated in class will be fine-tuned at home and read aloud, if desired, at the next session.  As an optional activity, participants will be invited to submit a completed memoir to be included in a special publication created by Library staff and posted to this website.  No previous writing experience is needed to participate and writers of all skill levels are welcome. The focus will be on the value of writing down your memories, not your writing style!

Session 1

Thursday, August 6 @ 6:00 p.m Click here to register.

Session 2

Thursday, August 13 @ 6:00 p.m. New date! Thursday, August 27 @ 6:00 p.m.

Click here to register.

For adults ages 18+. Pre-registration required for each session. Registered attendees will be sent a participation link via email prior to the event.

QuaranTimes Teen Writing Workshop

Teens will explore different short forms of memoir to develop writing skills, reduce stress, and reflect on their experiences in a meaningful way.  There will be an opportunity to workshop (share) your pieces with other participants for their feedback, and publish your finished memoir(s) on the library’s website!  Sharing is optional but encouraged.

Session 1

Wednesday, July 29 @ 1:00 p.m Click here to register.

Session 2

Wednesday, August 5 @ 1:00 p.m. Click here to register.

Ages 12 -17 only. Pre-registration required for each session. Registered attendees will be sent a participation link via email prior to the event.