Learn how to collect and create your family’s story at this virtual writers conference

The City of Sacramento Hart Senior Center and Cosumnes River College on April 17 will host “Our Life Stories,” a virtual writers conference that features lectures, readings and workshops to help people of all ages collect and create family memoirs.

“This conference is always exciting because of the high level of energy and enthusiasm for writing that the attendees bring,” said Rosanne Bernardy, recreational superintendent with the City’s Older Adult Services, which manages the Hart Senior Center. “It’s fun to see people so interested in working on the craft of writing their life story and eager to learn from the wonderful authors giving workshops at this event.”

Open to the public, the virtual conference will feature presentations from recognized poets, journalists and educators.

Presenters include poet Lisa Dominguez Abraham, poet JoAnn Anglin, journalist Marcus Crowder, educator Dale Flynn, educator Jessilyn Gale, educator Lesley Gale, former Sacramento poet laureate Bob Stanley and writer Kate Washington.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and costs $20. People can register online until April 15 or call the Hart Senior Center for questions at 916-808-5462.

“We’re especially excited about this year’s conference because of the historic nature of current events, from the pandemic to politics. It’s so important that future generations have first-hand accounts from family members about the times they lived in,” said Bernardy.

The Hart Senior Center offers resource assistance, virtual classes and workshops to seniors in Sacramento and is a part of the City’s Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment department.

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