Writing Your Story


For adults held via Zoom. Registration required.

Join local author Julie Tallard Johnson in this series on using our voices to write our stories. This is a series but each class can stand alone; register for one or all.

Fictionalizing your Autobiographical Writing View the recording of Fictionalizing your Autobiographical Writing on YouTube
Tuesday, June 15 at 6:30
This is an invitation to play with some fiction writing in your memoir or other autobiographical writing. Where can we make things up and still call it non-fiction? How can we describe a sky or building we don’t remember? And turning your nonfiction into an autobiographical novel.

Embodied Writing View the recording of Embodied Writing on YouTube
Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm
Somatic writing is writing from the body, the emotions, and sensual experiences. This is also transformational writing, where the writer transforms difficulty on the page and therefore transforms their future readers. You will leave with the ability to identify and write about your theme using somatic writing.

The Larger Story in Autobiographical Writing View the recording of The Larger Story in Autobiographical Writing on YouTube
Tuesday, August 17 at 6:30 pm
Explore what the contextual themes that surround or hold your single story. The larger story is really another story, what I can also be a a Sister Story, — that accompanies your single story but as a Larger Story may hold or frame your single story. You will leave with ideas on how to discover, choose and write about your Larger Story. To prepare for this class, it is recommended that you watch The Danger of a Single Story.

If you have questions or need special accommodations at events contact Kara at or kripley@oregonlibrary.org.

The program is made possible through funding from the Friends of the Oregon Library.

Coffee cup next to a journal and pen