Write That Story

Sept. 14, 21 & 28

Roeliff Jansen Community Library
9091 State Route 22
Hillsdale, NY

Reserve your spot for Emily Rubin’s writing workshop now! Limited to 10 participants. Registration required. Register by emailing communications@roejanlibrary.org

The three-session workshop will introduce participants to writing a short story or memoir. Stories, whether memoir or fiction, often begin with a life or real-world event that fascinates and inspires the storyteller in us all to write. The participants will engage their creative writing muscles in four sessions through close readings of fiction and memoir, in-class, and weekly assignments from writing prompts that use prose, visual imagery, poetry, and science to inspire stories.

Through immersion in inventive storytelling the stories will begin with a propelling event that incites action and move through to a surprising resolution. Empathy and the mysteries of emotions, details of the senses, and cause and effect will focus the writing. As we explore the internal and external conflicts in our lives and the world through writing, the depth of experience and the world of a storyteller will emerge. In three sessions, the participants will have a draft of a short story or the first pages of a memoir.

Emily Rubin writes from her home in Copake, NY. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have recently appeared in Wingless Dreamer, Oldster Magazine, Good Works Review, and Swim Press. Her debut novel, STALINA, won a publishing contract in the Amazon Debut Novel Award Contest. She is currently working on a novel based on her experiences homesteading a tenement in the East Village.


This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Columbia County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for the Arts.


Sep 14 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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