Mt Laurel Library to hold legacy writing workshop

Published 2:09 pm Friday, September 4, 2015

Judith Lunsford will lead an eight-week legacy writing workshop at the Mt Laurel Library this fall. (File)

Judith Lunsford will lead an eight-week legacy writing workshop at the Mt Laurel Library this fall. (File)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

MT LAUREL—Do you have a memory to record or a funny story you’d like to put on paper? Learn the art of legacy writing this fall at the Mt Laurel Library.

From Sept. 14-Nov. 9, writer and teacher Judith Lunsford will lead a workshop introducing the different types of legacy writing and helping writers craft their own pieces.

“She has a good, solid background in writing,” Mt Laurel Library Branch Manager Kate Etheredge said of Lunsford.

The eight-week workshop will open with two instructional days in which participants will learn different styles of legacy writing, including letters, poetry, memoir and “the true traditional essay,” Lunsford explained.

Participants will also read pieces from other writers to gain inspiration for their own work.

The next six weeks of the workshop will focus on writing.

“They get to build whatever they want to build,” Lunsford said. “Sometimes it becomes very surprising what people write about.”

The writing portion of the workshop is a collaborative process, Lunsford explained. Writers not only work on their pieces, but also provide constructive, guided commentary for their peers.

“The writer needs to know what he or she has done well,” Lunsford said. “I am more the facilitator. It is the collaborative experience that you’re getting.”

By the end of the eight-week process, each participant will have a completed work, Lunsford said. The class will culminate in a public reading on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The class is open to anyone interested in legacy writing, from beginners to experienced writers.

“(Experience) does not make any difference at all because the voice comes through as the person starts to write,” Lunsford said.

Registration for the Mt Laurel Library legacy writing workshop is limited to 12 spots and costs $10 per participant. To sign up, visit the Mt Laurel Library at 111 Olmsted Street.