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Facing down an awkward conversation over turkey with your long lost cousin? Haunted by the gaps in your grandmother’s stories? Want to write into your family stories, but feel stuck at the foot of your family tree? During this holiday season, we’ll gather to find new ways to tell family stories, fill in the gaps in our ancestral narratives, and play with the voices of those who’ve come before us.

“Beginning from the fragments we do have of ancestral stories, we’ll embark on what it means to bring creative license to these stories and make them cohere,” says instructor Leora Fridman. “In each of our three class sessions, we’ll model our work on a different contemporary writer who writes about his/her ancestry. Participants can focus on genetic or non-genetic ancestors, if they choose, and are welcome to consider their own stories as ancestors of future generations.

This course is appropriate for those with lots of experience in writing and for those with very little experience—the purpose of the course is to make contact with the narratives that give us meaning by telling us who we are and where we come from.”



    Leora Fridman is the author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on a book of nonfiction. Her poems, prose, and translations appear and are forthcoming in magazines including Tricycle Magazine, Pacific Standard, Temporary Art Review, and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught for universities and community organizations across the country. She is a recipient of multiple grants and honors from supporters including the Vermont Studio Center, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Dorot Foundation.

  1. Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Tuesday, December 5, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Tuesday, December 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Tue, November 28 @ 7:00 pm
Tue, December 12 @ 9:30 pm
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Family Stories: A Workshop in Ancestral Writing$165.00

Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Refund Policy

There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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