05/22 • 06/05 • 06/19 Virtual Writing Workshop


“Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Spring Edition
Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura, Virtual Writing Workshop
May 22, June 5, June 19
No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

As Italians and Italian-Americans (IA), when we look back on our pasts, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of IA life–family, work, and (un)belief—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

We’ll read short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors and explore how they tell their stories. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing. By the end of each workshop, participants will have produced an original piece of writing. No experience necessary, just a notebook, pen, and a sense of curiosity and fun!

Register for one, two, or all three workshops. Pour your coffee and join Maria on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:45 am. The fee for each workshop is …There is a member discount for family members.
Part 1: Saturday, May 22
Part 2: Saturday, June 5
Part 3: Saturday, June 19


The fee for each workshop is $30NM-$27M
There is a member discount for family members.

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About the Instructor:

Maria Giura is the author of Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House) and What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press). Her writing has appeared in Prime Number, Presence, (Voices in) Italian Americana, Lips, Tiferet, and Paterson Literary Review. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Independent Press, and the Center for Women Writers, and was a judge for the Lauria/ Frasca Poetry Award. She has taught at St. John’s University, Montclair State, and Binghamton University where she earned her PhD in English. https://www.mariagiura.com/


What Participants Have to Say:   

“The [short] readings were spot-on, serving as entry ways into lively discussions but also inspiring our own original writing. Brava!”

“I just loved the opportunity to read, write, and—if I wanted to—share. These workshops brought back memories that were tucked into the recess of my mind and deepened my interest in reflecting and writing about my culture.”

“I’ll take these workshops again and again. So lovely to meet so many nice, new people. Excellent, skilled, and inspiring instructor.”

Additional information


MEMBER Part 1: Saturday, May 22, MEMBER Part 2: Saturday, June 5, MEMBER Part 3: Saturday, June 16, NON-MEMBER Part 1: Saturday, May 22, NON-MEMBER Part 2: Saturday, June 5, NON-MEMBER Part 3: Saturday, June 16


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