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Free Writing Class For Icelandic Roots Members


Following the success of this fall‘s three-part webinar series on memoir writing, we are now offering a free six-week class on the subject to Icelandic Roots members.


Depending on enrollment, the classes would begin in mid-to-late January 2023 and would feature weekly Zoom group sessions. Each session will be one hour in length. There would also be an opportunity for one-on-one sessions with the class leader so enrollment will be capped to 10 to ensure that each writer gets equitable and adequate time with the leader and with the other group members. Should more than ten people be interested, the class may be offered again at a later date.


It is a good opportunity for beginning and/or emerging writers to share their project with others and also to share frustrations and successes as their work progresses.


At the end of the six weeks, participants will have a short article, or the beginnings of a longer project completed. Connections will have been made with other Icelandic Roots members who are involved in the same kind of project, and all will have a basic understanding of narrative structures and how to sustain them.


Sharron Arksey, Icelandic Roots volunteer and co-leader of the Writers Group, will lead the sessions.


Sharron is a graduate of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto (now known as Toronto Metropolitan University) and has worked for several community and farm publications. For 25 years, she wrote a weekly column called Rural Routes for two publications out of Portage la Prairie, MB. In 2000, she published a compilation of selected excerpts from the column.


She has contributed fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to publications across Canada and her debut novel, The Waiting Place, was published by Winnipeg’s Turnstone Press in 2016. The novel was a finalist in two categories – first novel and woman writer – at the 2017 High Plains Book Awards in Montana. Learn More about Sharron HERE.


If you are interested, please register early so that dates and times can be confirmed as quickly as possible. Once we have a class list, we can make decisions on days and meeting times that work for participants.


To register for the class or to request further information, contact Sharron or Becky. (Outreach (at) IcelandicRoots.com)