When memory speaks: Harvest of pieces from a memoir-writing workshop

When memory speaks: Harvest of pieces from a memoir-writing workshop

I am an appreciative recipient of this holiday season's most exciting book: a volume bearing the title “Reflections in Light and Shadow, an Anthology of Short Memoirs” (Sunshine Place, Manila, 2022). The book is the harvest from a memoir-writing workshop in 2021-2022 during the pandemic and was conducted at the Sunshine Place, Senior Recreation Center in Makati. Sunshine Place is a facility established by the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation as “a hub where senior citizens can socialize, be entertained, and reflect.” The Sy foundation and Sunshine management saw the workshop as one activity that could engage the interests and energies of seniors who regularly frequent the center as a watering hole or hangout. By signing up with an email address, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The hired writer Oscar Peñaranda, a Filipino American resident of San Francisco and a retired San Francisco school system teacher, to conduct the workshop. Literature and creative writing graduate from the San Francisco State University, Peñaranda, organized the workshop as a combination of lectures, discussions, and writing assignments designed to move class participants to mine lives and their memories for stories, themes, and anecdotes that they could write . Eighteen seniors, primarily female and one male, signed up for the writing workshop, which began on July 5, 2021. At the start, ten ladies introduced themselves to each other and to […]

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