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Writing Workshop Series Session 1: Personal History

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

We are so excited to offer a special workshop series at the Washington County Heritage Center featuring experienced writers to guide you to creating a fun and meaningful piece of writing! 

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Session 1: Thursday, May 23 @ 7-8:30pm
Introduction and Personal History
Workshop Leaders: Gary Goodman, Emily Krawczewski

Session 2: Thursday, May 30 @ 7-8:30pm
Childhood Memories
Workshop leaders: Frank White

Session 3: Thursday, June 6 @ 7-8:30pm
Hometown Stories
Workshop leaders: Justin Brink, Meg Heaton, Eleanor Wilhelmi

Session 4: Thursday, June 13 @ 7-8:30pm
Ancestors and Family Stories
Workshop Leaders: Justin Brink, Bill McGrath, Gloria VanDemmeltraadt

Bonus: Saturday, June 22, late afternoon or evening (TBD)
A celebration of the workshop participants’ hard work and provide them with the opportunity to read a portion of their writing, share an outline for a future project, or anything else they’d like to share that they created during the series. Details to come!


Outline for Each Session

7-7:15pm: Workshop leader introductions

7:15-7:30pm: Discuss recommended reading (if applicable)

7:30-7:50pm: Individual writing time

7:50-8:15pm: Break into small groups for feedback and sharing

8:15-8:30pm: Group share/wrap up

We are planning to cap the series at 20 participants.

Series Pricing

$125/person for non-WCHS members for full workshop series

$100/person for WCHS members for full workshop series

Participants will need to sign up for all four sessions in the series. No exceptions.

WCHS will provide pens, pencils, notebooks, and enthusiasm!


May 23 Workshop Session

The topic for this workshop session will be an introduction to the series as well as a personal history questionnaire brainstorm.

Meet your workshop leaders for May 23: 

Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman has been a used and rare book dealer in Minnesota for nearly forty years and has an avid interest in people’s historical recollections of Stillwater and Washington County. He co-founded St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers and the Stillwater Book Center and had a hand in Stillwater becoming known as the First Booktown in North America in the mid-1990s. He is the author of The Last Bookseller (published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2021 and now out in paperback) and co-authored The Stillwater Booktown Times and The Secret History of Golf in Scotland.

Gary Goodman

Emily Krawczewski

Emily is the Site Manager at the Washington County Heritage Center. Emily is passionate about history and making connections between the past and present. A native of Ohio, Emily graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in mass communication. Emily earned a Master of Library & Information Science with a focus in archives from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2020, for which she interned at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and other repositories. Outside of work, she enjoys being out on the lake, listening to country music, and petting every dog.

Emily Krawczewski


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Washington County Heritage Center
1862 South Greeley St
Stillwater, MN 55082 United States
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