April 14, 2016
For Immediate Release
Belfast Free Library
Re: Belfast Bound Book Festival Speaker & Workshop with Elizabeth Peavey
Waterfall Arts to Host Maine Author Elizabeth Peavey
as part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival.
On Saturday, May 7, at 11am, Maine Author Elizabeth Peavey will offer a talk “The Best Truth: Honesty vs. Truth in Memoir,” and from 1:00-3:00 she will lead a workshop, Memoir Writing: Learning To Tell Your Life Stories. The talk is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required for the writing workshop. (See details below.) Both events will take place in the dance annex at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street in Belfast and are made possible by support from the Friends of the Belfast Free Library and Waterfall Arts.
During her talk, Peavey will explore the challenges of first finding and then telling the truth in memoir. As we all know, memory is subjective, selective and downright slippery. (Just compare “truths” at a family Thanksgiving.) A Q&A period will follow in which audience members will be encouraged to weigh in on these topics and share their insights.
The workshop, Memoir Writing: Learning To Tell Your Life Stories at 1:00 will use the morning’s lecture as a springboard to examine these issues in our own writing through rewarding group sharing and discussion.
(Constructive critiquing techniques will be offered to create a supportive and nurturing environment.)
Workshop attendees will need to bring three copies of one completed essay or a section of your memoir-in-progress (no longer than 1,000 words, please) for discussion and critique. All ages and abilities welcomed. Space is limited, and the cost is offered at a special festival price of just $10 per person. To pre-register please call the Belfast Free Library at 338-3884 ext. 10.
Elizabeth Peavey is a Portland-based writer, performer and educator, who has taught memoir writing for over 20 years. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, has played to sold-out houses since 2011 and won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Best Drama. It debuted in New York City in May 2015. Her latest book, Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship, was a Maine Literary Awards finalist. She is also the author of Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, which was also awarded the MLA. She has been a contributor to Down East magazine since 1993. Her current humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at thebollard.com.
This event is part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival, which is a program of Our Town Belfast,
in partnership with the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Belfast Free Library.