Writing Your Legacy—a monthly group


A Monthly Group meeting with Kimberly Crum, memoirist

On the first Wednesday of each month

 Shape & Flow studio 123

Mellwood Arts Center

Cost: $25 per session (monthly attendance not required)

About legacy writing: At the Shape and Flow studio, we write for publication or posterity. All learn common craft skills—the use of details and scene. We try to create real life characters on the page. All hope our stories will interest readers and will endure. Most of all, we enjoy the writing process as an end-in-itself.

However, there are specific differences between writing for posterity or publication. The legacy writer has a specific audience—descendants— that will be interested in your story. The legacy writer does not need to fret format, literary style, or appeal to contemporary readers and publishers. Legacy writing should relay yours (or your family’s) memories, with specific detail and in your authentic voice.

Before each legacy writing meeting, students receive a short reading and writing prompts. Each participant will come to the meeting with one short rough draft to read aloud. Students who wish to have instructor and students take a closer look at their work, can bring hard copy.  We will also use the in-class time for craft instruction and additional writing exercises.

All are welcome . . .  both the young at heart and the old souls!

Kim Crum photo relaxed and sure of herselfThe instructor, Kimberly Crum enjoyed a social work career before she became a creative writer. She listened to people’s stories then, as now. After ten years teaching undergraduate composition and literature at Spalding University, Kim started her business Shape & Flow Writing Instruction. There she teaches memoir and personal essay to aspiring writers who want to tell true stories, for posterity or publication. Kim has published in journalistic, literary, and academic venues. She is the co-editor with writer and educator Bonnie Omer Johnson, of The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation—a collection of essays, poems, fiction and short memoir by the Baby Boom Generation of the Ohio River Valley. This book contains many fine examples of literary legacy writing and is available at Amazon, Carmichael’s, the Louisville Free Public Library and through the book website—theboomprojectbook.com

Inquire or enroll directly to Kimberly Crum at shapeandflow@gmail.com