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Family Stories: Leaf Fall from the Family Tree


Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures, 
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams. 
I am from those moments—
snapped before I budded—
leaf-fall from the family tree.
—George Ella Lyon


In this intergenerational workshop for individuals and family “teams,” we will sift through our memories, recollecting stories from the families we have found for ourselves or were born into. This workshop is for all ages. Writers are encouraged to invite an older/younger family member or a friend who has become family, but individual writers will also find inspiration and guidance for their recollecting and writing processes. 

We will use a variety of prompts and brainstorming techniques as we seek out the stories we want to tell. Then writers will be given time to write their story (or poem). At our second workshop, we will share and celebrate our rough drafts and give each other encouraging feedback for revision. 


Cynthia Larsen is Lake Erie Ink’s co-founder and Education Director. Cynthia taught secondary English in Jersey City, New Jersey; Oakland, California; and Cleveland, Ohio before attending graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she received her MFA in creative writing. Ms. Larsen has facilitated project-based creative writing in collaboration with teachers for over fifteen years, combining her experience in education with her passion for and knowledge of the craft of creative writing.


Details: Family Stories: Leaf Fall from the Family Tree takes place Tuesday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 20 from 4-5pm remotely through Zoom. 


Zoom Info: Register for the workshop and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. 

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