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Susquehanna Students to Help Local Residents Write Pet-Inspired Memoirs

SELINSGROVE—Selinsgrove-area residents whose pets inspire great stories can commit them to memoir in a series of workshops starting Sept. 23 at Susquehanna University. The six workshops, running Wednesday evenings through Oct. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the university’s Blough-Weis Library, are inspired by the dog-devoted memoir “Marley & Me” by John Grogan.

Grogan will be a guest speaker at Susquehanna Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. His pending appearance inspired four Susquehanna creative writing majors to develop a means for local community members to produce their own memoirs about beloved animal companions. Facilitated by senior Steven McQue and juniors Mary-Kate Sims, Chelsey Bennett and Amber Cook, the free workshops are open to anyone over age 7 and do not require advance registration.

Workshops will include lecture, memory excavating, writing exercises and useful feedback. “We won't have extremely lengthy memoirs done by the time the workshop is finished,” said Sims, “but there will be a lot of material and memories that we have helped participants discover in bits and pieces. They can decide later—and we will help them with this—how they want to put these snippets of their lives together to make a memoir.”

Paper and pens will be provided, but attendees may bring a laptop computer or pad of paper if they choose. For additional information, contact Mary-Kate Sims at simsm@susqu.edu.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

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Karen M. Jones


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