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with Christine Pakkala


Writing memoir is not only for people who aspire to be published. It is not only for people who have led unusual, painful, or wildly adventurous lives. Sometimes our stories are ones we may consider ordinary and the delight is in the details. Sometimes the stories we know about our families warm our hearts. Sometimes those stories about family make us laugh. Why not put your funny or heartwarming family stories on the page so that your children and grandchildren can know them and enjoy them too? Please join me in this supportive atmosphere where you will receive constructive yet gentle feedback on your writing. 


Each week you will receive a writing prompt that will guide you. You will be invited to write 4 to 5 pages, double-spaced, of writing, which you will share with your instructor and the workshop on the Sunday before workshop. You will read aloud your work in class and receive verbal feedback from class members and your instructor (me!)


Optional:  Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention?
Christine will provide written feedback on either part of a manuscript OR a query letter for a total of an extra hour of consultation time. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.



Online via ZOOM
7pm to 9pm
7 Mondays

September 11, 18, off; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

For more info, call 203.227.3250 or email



About the instructor...

Christine Pakkala is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA. She was a Fulbright Scholar (1994) in Helsinki, Finland, where she translated modern Finnish poetry. She taught 7th and 9th grade English at Horace Mann and has published essays in Salon, BrainChild and Serendipity and is the 2013 winner of the Ladies Home Journal essay contest. She’s the author of Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, which was the winner of the Santa Monica Public Library's Green Prize, and a novel for teens, Jasmine and Maddie, which was a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocate) Top Shelf pick and a Bank Street Best Book.

Christine is working on a memoir and the first chapter of it will be published as an essay in The Seventh Wave, an arts and literary magazine this fall.

Writing About Your Life: A Legacy for Family & Friends w/Christine – ONLINE

SKU: N103ef23-mon
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