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Writing Workshop Series Session 3: Hometown Stories

June 6 @ 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!


June 6 Workshop Session

The topic for this workshop session will focus on stories about your hometown and other important places in your life.

Meet your workshop leaders for June 6: 

Justin Brink

Justin Brink

I am a lifelong resident of Forest Lake and have been studying its history for over 30 years. I run the Forest Lake Historical Society and recently wrote a pictorial book for the historical Images of America series in 2023. As a genealogist for over 30 years, I specialize in Minnesota research. I am a Registered Nurse by profession. 


Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton

I was born and raised on a dairy farm 7 miles south of Stillwater. I owned the Wordsmith on Main Street in the 80s and got my start writing on The Fishwrapper, a promotional paper that focused a lot on local history. Following that I was a reporter and columnist for the Hudson (Wi) Star Observer for 27 years. It was my privilege to tell the stories of others as well as some of my own. I look forward to hearing yours.

Eleanor Wilhelmi

Eleanor Wilhelmi is a poet and editor, and a recent graduate of Knox College and the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. Set against the rural midwestern landscapes her family hails from, her writing explores relationships, grief, and the ways our living spaces can preserve and complicate our histories. Her work has been published in the literary magazine Catch, where she served as Poetry Editor for two years. She grew up in Stillwater.


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1862 South Greeley St
Stillwater, MN 55082 United States
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