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Writing Your Family History

A Mini-Conference

2019-03-16 12:30:00 2019-03-16 16:30:00 America/New_York Writing Your Family History Presented by Literary Cleveland and the William N. Skirball Writers' Center. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Saturday, March 16
12:30pm - 4:30pm

Add to Calendar 2019-03-16 12:30:00 2019-03-16 16:30:00 America/New_York Writing Your Family History Presented by Literary Cleveland and the William N. Skirball Writers' Center. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)

Presented by Literary Cleveland and the William N. Skirball Writers' Center.

Join us for a half-day conference on writing family history.

12:30-12:45 / INTRODUCTIONS AND WELCOME

12:45-2:15 / FIRST SET OF BREAKOUT SESSIONS. CHOOSE ONE:

Turning Family Interviews into Multimedia Stories -- Afi Scruggs

In this workshop participants will learn interviewing techniques that reveal the stories behind the dates, names and places. We'll also cover how to turn the information into stories, skits/plays, and even short audio or video segments. Topics will include ways to interview relatives; what to do when you can't interview relatives; how to verify what you find and suggestions on blogging and creating short videos.

Afi Scruggs is a communications professional and the author of Claiming Kin: Confronting the History of an African American Family. Her diverse body of work has appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution among many others. Visit her page for more information.

Writing the Ancestral Journey -- Amy Breau

Writing your family history isn’t just about searching dusty (or digital) archives for distant ancestors to fill in your family tree. You become part of the story, as you shape your own narrative of who you are and where you’re from. Hear how Amy Breau reached a dead end in her genealogical research, then turned to historical research, travel and interviews to discover and reconnect with her Acadian roots. We’ll brainstorm unconventional ways to learn more about your own family history and do some writing prompts. What kinds of questions do you hope to be able to answer? What’s at stake for you and other family members as you conduct your search? And how can you write the story of your origins when questions remain unanswered, either by necessity or by choice?

Amy Breau is a writer and registered nurse who earned her MFA in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Flash Fiction Review, Cleveland Magazine and on NPR. She researches and writes about family history, especially her Acadian and Quebecois family roots.

2:15-2:30 / BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS

2:30-4:00 / SECOND SET OF BREAKOUT SESSIONS. CHOOSE ONE:

Turning History into Stories -- Lee Chilcote

Your family is full of stories, and you may have a few heirlooms, a mind full of memorable tales, or many boxes of keepsake letters, journals and clippings. Learn techniques for turning history into story with the goal of publishing it or preserving it for friends or for generations to come. In this class, we will use writing examples, prompts and research as a jumping off point for exploring family history.

Lee Chilcote is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is co-founder and former executive director of Literary Cleveland. He lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland with his family. 

Beyond Memory: Research Tips for Writing Personal Nonfiction -- David Giffels

Even though “memory” is the root of “memoir,” it is only the beginning of the process. David Giffels exposes the sometimes shocking fallibility of a writer’s memory and offers techniques and advice for using research as a vital part of the creative process.

David Giffels is the William N. Skirball Writers' Center's Writer in Residence. His books include Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life; The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt; and All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House. A former Akron Beacon Journal columnist, his writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe AtlanticParadeThe Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

4:00-4:30 / MEMORY LAB OPEN HOUSE

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch is a free "do-it-yourself" space for the community to learn how to access, digitize and share old videos, audio recordings, photographs and slides. 

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South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

seumgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Brijin Boddy

Hours
Mon, Dec 10 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Dec 11 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Dec 12 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 13 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 14 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Dec 15 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Dec 16 1:00PM to 5:00PM

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Fiction writers with at least one workshop experience who understand how workshops proceed will bring in previously written stories or chapters from novels that have gone through at least one draft.
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Wed, Dec 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Wed, Dec 12, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Meeting Room C (77)
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Thu, Dec 13, 9:00am - 5:30pm
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Thu, Dec 13, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Schedule an individual career counseling session at the South Euclid Branch with one of our Licensed or Certified Career Services Counselors/Coaches.

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Thu, Dec 13, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
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Homework Center (56)
Thu, Dec 13, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Students don't just DO their homework in our branches. They receive FREE homework assistance from trained staff through our after-school Homework Centers.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Thu, Dec 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers new to the workshop experience will learn how to give and receive comments on your and others' writing in a group setting.
Registration is now closed

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Celebrating this holiday season doesn't have to come at the expense of your waist line! Trudie Burrell from Heinen's will share tips for making healthy choices during this sweet and savory season.

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Fri, Dec 14, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
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Mon, Dec 17, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Mon, Dec 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Attend an orientation to become a user of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Learn about the equipment and software in the space.

Tue, Dec 18, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Homework Center (56)
Tue, Dec 18, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Storytime Room (125)
Wed, Dec 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
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Meeting Room C (77)
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Wed, Dec 19, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

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Thu, Dec 20, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Thu, Dec 20, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Schedule an individual career counseling session at the South Euclid Branch with one of our Licensed or Certified Career Services Counselors/Coaches.

Homework Center (56)
Thu, Dec 20, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

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Fri, Dec 21, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Sat, Dec 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 10:45 AM. Make sure to bring your library card.

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Wed, Dec 26, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

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Thu, Dec 27, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Thu, Dec 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 3:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Homework Center (56)
Thu, Dec 27, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

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Fri, Dec 28, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Sat, Dec 29, 10:00am - 11:00am
Attend an orientation to become a user of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Learn about the equipment and software in the space.

Homework Center (56)
Wed, Jan 02, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Storytime Room (125)
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Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

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Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 3:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Homework Center (56)
Thu, Jan 03, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jan 03, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in January and February to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Homework Center (56)
Fri, Jan 04, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Sat, Jan 05, 10:00am - 11:00am
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Meeting Room A (97)
Sat, Jan 05, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Kick off 2019 with some healthy eating tips from Trudie Burrell from our neighborhood Heinen's.

Storytime Room (125)
Mon, Jan 07, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Homework Center (56)
Mon, Jan 07, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Mon, Jan 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for an introduction to our audio converting equipment in the Memory Lab. Learn how to update your vinyl records and audio cassette tapes to digital files.

Tue, Jan 08, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jan 08, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jan 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jan 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Homework Center (56)
Tue, Jan 08, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Tech Classroom (48)
Tue, Jan 08, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Tri-C Aspire provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Tue, Jan 08, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers with a year or more of previous workshop experience will continue to hone and polish their fiction through in-class critique and by studying examples of professional writing.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jan 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a discussion of books and the latest news in Science Fiction.

Homework Center (56)
Wed, Jan 09, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Storytime Room (125)
Wed, Jan 09, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Join us as we watch Anime. We'll have a mix of classics as well as the latest shows. For Grades 7th-12th.

Tech Classroom (48)
Wed, Jan 09, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Tri-C Aspire provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Wed, Jan 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers with at least one workshop experience who understand how workshops proceed will bring in previously written stories or chapters from novels that have gone through at least one draft.
This event is full

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jan 10, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Homework Center (56)
Thu, Jan 10, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last. 

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Thu, Jan 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers new to the workshop experience will learn how to give and receive comments on your and others' writing in a group setting.
Registration is now closed

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jan 10, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fri, Jan 11, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in January and February to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Homework Center (56)
Fri, Jan 11, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have a nutritious meal during the school year? We will be serving meals provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last.