Amherst Island Appeal Fundraiser — Sunday August 21, 2016

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Stories and Working with Memory: A Workshop with Author Denise Chong

Denise ChongSunday August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Marshall Barn 1830 South Shore Road, Stella ON K0H 2S0
a tranquil setting on the Island’s shore
$25 per person

Denise Chong, an award-winning author best known for her family memoir, The Concubine’s Children, has published four books of non-fiction, each as much a personal tale as social history. In researching our family stories, human nature is to hone in on the unknown or untold, and to try to peel back layers of family secrets. In this workshop, drawing upon examples from her research for her books, Denise discusses the writer’s task of turning knowing into telling and the power and flaws of memory. She also raises issues of privacy and respect, and a writer’s intentions in bringing such stories to the page.

In this interactive afternoon workshop Denise will explore with you working with memory in terms of piecing together a story from the past or a description an event perhaps sparked by a photograph or a letter. You may be thinking about writing a family history which would involve talking to, asking questions of, interviewing, probing someone’s memory or recollection. Then Denise will go from there to what is involved if you are trying to wrestle your story to the page. We are each in our own ways storytellers.

No exercises but lots of opportunity to ask questions and explore together how to get started capturing your story.

Advance tickets essential. Contact Elizabeth Barr or Michèle Le Lay at to reserve your place. Etransfer funds to

All proceeds to support the Association to Protect Amherst Island
From the mainland, take the Amherst Island ferry just west of Millhaven on the half hour (11:30, 12:30 and so on) and return on the hour (5:00, 6:00 and so on). Drive straight off the ferry across the Island and when the road ends, turn left onto South Shore Road. Drive almost 4 km to 1830 on your left. Return ferry fee is $9 per car.
APAI Box 6 Stella ON K0H 2S0

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