Friday, August 17, 2012

Need some help? Writing workshop offered in Exton Sept. 8

Let's face it - we could all use a little help with our writing. Susan Weidener, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter turned editor and author, has just the ticket. Weidener has announced a writing workshop she and writing coach Jerry Waxler are offering Sept. 8. Below is information about the workshop taken directly from Weidener's blog, Women's Writing Circle.

 The Art of Life Writing Workshop

Years roll by leaving memories caught between emotion and imagination. In this workshop, you will learn techniques to take tangled, vague, and disconnected memories and turn them into coherent, compelling language that can be crafted into story. Open the door to your life story in an inspiring and supportive atmosphere

*Open to men and women writers.

The Art of Life Writing
Presented by
Jerry Waxler and Susan G. Weidener

Saturday, September 8 , 2012
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield Inn, Route 100, Exton, PA.

Who should take the workshop?
This workshop is suitable for adult writers of all levels and experience. In addition to memoir writers, fiction writers will gain a deeper understanding of narration, character and voice, as well as instruction in how to mine your memories for material that can be used in any genre.

What to Expect:

    • How to draw on events from the past and arrange them in chronological order.
    • The importance of scenes, how to find them, and what to do with them.
    • Work from writing prompts and share your findings in small groups.
    • How to look for the compelling narrative and story arcs in your life.
    • What keeps readers turning pages to the end, and how to find those elements in your life story.
    • The challenges and rewards of writing and publishing your story.

Jerry Waxler is an author and writing coach with a master’s in Counseling Psychology. A former vice president of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and former board member for Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Jerry teaches writing at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. His books, Learn to Write Your Memoir, a step-by-step guide, and Four Elements for Writers, a psychological self-help guide, are available from his website. 

Susan G. Weidener is a former journalist with The Philadelphia Inquirer, and author of Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again. Susan started the Women’s Writing Circle, a support and critique group for writers. Her new memoir, Morning at Wellington Square, is due out in late summer. She is currently working on an anthology of stories and poems with women writers in the Philadelphia area.

Cost: Tuition is $110. Fee includes free coffee and tea all day and buffet lunch.

The Fairfield Inn is centrally located with easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and has ample, free parking.

Checks should be made out to Susan Weidener and sent to: 75 Jennifer Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425. For more information, go to or email

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