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"Mining Your Memories" Tuesday, Feb. 26th & March 5th @ 7pm, White Mountain Library

Posted on February 20, 2013 by White Mountain Library

Have you been meaning to write some of your valuable family history to pass on to the generations to come? During the month of February, Barbara Smith, retired Western Wyoming Community College English Professor and writer, will offer a two part writing workshop for members of the community who want to start writing their life story. “Mining your memories” will be offered on two consecutive Tuesday evenings, February 26th and March 5th from 7-9 pm at the White Mountain Library large meeting room.

According to Smith, “A lot of people tell me that they would like to get started writing about their experiences and the stories of their lives, for their own satisfaction or for some of their family members who have been after them to get their stories written, but they just don’t know how to go about it.” She has been offering various workshops in the community since 1976. “The neat thing about a workshop is that we give each other ideas for stories and then when we get together in the follow up session, we share them. Getting that kind of immediate feedback really gets the motor running and I am always amazed at the great stories I hear.”

This introductory workshop is ideal for the beginner who wants to get started and would like some strategies for how to get started.

Smith taught at WWCC for 38 years, and she received the Governor’s Arts award in 2006 in part for “teaching people of Rock Springs the value of their stories and the importance in writing them.” She has been published in several collections, such as: “The Last Best Place,” “Deep West: a literary tour of Wyoming,” “Drive,” “He said,” “Wyoming Promises,” “Leaning into the Wind,” “Crazy Woman Creek,” “Woven on the Wind,” and “Wyoming Fence Lines,” to name a few. She has also been the recipient of the Arizola Magnenant Award from Wyoming Writers and the Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award for nature writing. Smith also offers memoir workshops through WWCC for those who would like to continue writing.

This program is sponsored by the Sweetwater County Library System and the Sweetwater County Library Foundation. To find out more about this program call Michelle Maser at the White Mountain Library 362-2665. Registration is not required but is recommended. Check out our website for more information at or like us on Facebook.

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