We’re tickled beyond pink to announce the launch of “PG Writes! Life in Pacific Grove.” This monthly series of free memoir classes is co-sponsored by Park Place Publications and the Pacific Grove Public Library, and kicks off this Thursday, September 15, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Little House in Jewell Park.
Preserving a Particular Moment in Time
Your facilitator, Patricia Hamilton, will lead you through a series of easy and fun writing exercises, all themed around our lives in Pacific Grove. We’ll be using the Guided Autobiography Method developed by pioneering gerontologist Dr. James Birren to assist you in accessing your memories, getting your story down on paper, and sharing it with others. In the process, you’ll create a series of short pieces and will be well on your way to writing your life story, a priceless gift to leave your children and grandchildren, as well as a valuable community historical resource, a snapshot of Pacific Grove at a particular moment in time.
You say you’re a newcomer to Pacific Grove and all your significant life experiences took place before you arrived in the Last Hometown? Join us anyway! The fact is, you’re here now, and everything that has happened to you up to this point—whether it is as lofty as a lifelong yearning for the scent of salt water mixed with pine and eucalyptus, or as mundane as a job transfer—has led you to your present life in Pacific Grove.
Sharing a Very Special Corner of Paradise
We Pagrovians are a diverse lot, but we all share the knowledge that this is a very special corner of paradise, and that we are truly lucky to live here. Whether we were born on the peninsula decades ago and chose to remain, or made the decision to turn our dreams to live here into a reality, we all cherish the special blend of salubrious climate, natural beauty, and Victorian charm. We owe it to this enchanting place to record and share our “Life in the Grove” stories.
Two weeks ago, Pacific Grove cartoonist Keith Larson demonstrated this concept with his sweet essay on his childhood memories of listening to the whistles of the Del Monte Express as it rumbled through town, and of young men finding jobs at the American Tin Cannery when it was an actual working factory making car seat covers for Chrysler. This week, you may admire Keith’s artistry illustrating this column, and on the “PG Writes!” poster at the library.
Register Now for Thursday’s Free Session
Our series of free memoir classes will continue on the third Thursday of each month from now through May of 2017. You may come to just one or all nine sessions, or any combination that fits your schedule.
Admission is free and all materials will be provided. Because space is limited in the Little House, pre-registration is a must. Sign up online at KeepersOfOurCulture.com. Please register for only one month at a time, and only for the upcoming month.
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at the Little House in Jewell Park as we begin to write and share our “Life in the Grove.”
Send Your PG Stories for the Book to Benefit the PGPL
If you cannot attend, and would like to contribute your memories of living in Pacific Grove to a new book due out next year, please send your stories (100-500 words), and a high-resolution photo to: email@example.com. Or to 591 Lighthouse #10, PG for snail mail. All entries must be received by June 1, 2017, to be considered.