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Elayne Clift’s Writing Workshop

September 22, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Anne Dempsey
(802) 463-4270


From: Rockingham Free Public Library  

Contact: Anne Dempsey 

Email: [email protected]  





Join Elayne Clift’s writing workshop “Making Meaning of Memory –Without Falling Down the Rabbit Hole!”  Memories provide insight into our lives and help us to understand who we are (and how we got that way).  They can offer meaningful triggers for writers in all genre, not just memoirists.  Often, however, writing from memory can lead us down a dark rabbit hole of introspection.  Take heart! As George Gershwin knew, “It ain’t necessarily so!” This workshop will focus on our life experiences with rigor and honesty, but without falling down the dark hole of humorless self-absorption.  We will emphasize the funny side of things as we remember and reflect upon the loony world in which we live.  What could be better in this time of angst?  Come with ideas, memories, laptop or paper/pen, and a sense of the funny and absurd! Be sure to bring your favorite writing tools, whether that be paper and a pen, a laptop or anything in between. Feel free to bring a bag lunch and a beverage.  

Elayne Clift, a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, and a regular contributor to Vermont Woman and Artscope Magazine, her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Clift, who formerly worked internationally on public health, communications, and gender issues, published her novel, Hester’s Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, in 2012. Her third book of short stories, Children of the Chalet, won First Prize/Fiction 2014 from Greyden Press and was published in 2015. TAKE CARE: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers, her 4th anthology, was published in 2017. Her latest book, Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales from a Not So Innocent Abroad, will appear in 2019. For more information, please visit