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Writing, Literature, & Film

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FREE - Life History Writing: Tuesdays, 9a-Noon
Interested in stimulating your memory and preserving the tales of your life for generations to come? Join Life History Writing! Led by Joe and Bubbles Miguel, members of the class meet to write the stories of their lives. Prompts are provided and methods of writing stories are demonstrated. Students write and share a story each week with the class. An annual anthology of members’ writings is produced. Optional one-time fee for guide, $5. No advance reservation required.

FREE - Poetry Writing Group: Wednesdays, 1-3p 
Join the group for some poetic inspiration and motivation! Facilitated by Norma Kohout and Joyce Odam, meetings provide a workshop sharing of poetry information and discussion, followed by readings and positive commentary on each person’s poem. Select work is published annually in a group anthology. No advance registration required.

FREE - Great Books Discussion Group: Fourth Monday of each month, 10a-Noon 
Led by Charlotte Donovan, this group meets to discuss a selected text from a variety of classic and modern works. Most excerpts have a common philosophical thread which the group identifies as “social aspects of civilization.” Drop ins are welcome; however, it is best to have read the selection in advance. Visit the Center for a listing of anticipated selections. There are many ways to find the selected works. Options include buying the text from the Great Books foundation (approximately $28), finding selections in the library or online, or making copies of the book. Contact leader Charlotte Donovan for more information at (916) 457-8756.

FREE - Books with Hart: First Friday of each month, 10-11:30a
The Center has teamed up with the Sacramento Public Library for a monthly book group. Here’s how it works: Copies of the month’s selection will be available for loan at the Center’s front desk. On the first Friday of each month, participants gather to hold a discussion facilitated by a Sacramento Public Library staff member. Read along, then come share your comments on the book and be part of the conversation! Participate one month at a time or on a regular basis – it’s up to you! Presented in partnership with Sacramento Public Library's Central Library. Space is limited. Contact the Center to inquire about upcoming selections and availability.

$ Poetry Appreciation Series led by Marie Taylor: Fourth Friday of each month, 1-2:30p
If you’ve always loved poetry or just been curious to learn more about it, come to Poetry Appreciation! Instructor Marie Taylor designs her Poetry Appreciation Series to allow others the opportunity to connect to literary works. To prepare for the sessions, Marie explores poetry books for common themes, then carefully selects poems and curates curriculum for each class. Students gather to read and share the poetry in a comfortable, open setting. Registration fee: $6, all materials are provided. Contact the Center to inquire about upcoming selections and to reserve your space.

FREE - Cinema and Conversations Circle: Fourth Friday of each month, 10:15a-12:15p
It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV, browse the web, or flip through the newspaper without being confronted by a constant churn of disaster, violence and devastation in the world. While it’s important to remain informed, over time, the overabundance of negative news can become physically and emotionally unhealthy. It’s important to carve out time for comfort and this class is just the ticket! Join us to view uplifting films (shorts or feature length) from independent and international filmmakers that you won’t find in mainstream theaters. These thought-provoking films inspire compassion, warm the heart and connect us with the world around us. Each month, the Cinema and Conversations Circle will view carefully curated selections centered around a theme designed to engage your mind and foster reflection. Following the viewing, the group will either watch a discussion with the film makers and actors or spark our own group conversation about the value of the film. Facilitated by volunteer Latifu Munirah. Sign up in advance by contacting the Center.

$ Conscious Aging Workbook with Latifu Munirah
As we age, we know that bringing our best, most conscious selves forward will be essential to meeting both the challenges and opportunities of aging. Participants will examine whether their current focus reflects their highest values and aspirations, how to make meaning of the lives they have lived up to now, and how that informs their lives going forward. The class will look at perceptions, beliefs, and assumptions about aging and develop skills for self-compassion, connection, acceptance, and forgiveness. Lastly, participants will aspire to a transformation of consciousness from limitation, fear, isolation, and lack to one of wholeness, inclusiveness, compassion, and joy. Expressive writing will be used as a tool for reflection, along with large and small group discussions. The Conscious Aging program is based in part on the research and practices developed by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The course will be led by Conscious Aging certified facilitator Latifu Munirah. Registration fee: $15 (materials) Space is limited; contact the Center to inquire about upcoming selections and availability.

$ Annual Life History Writing Conference
The Our Life Stories day-long writing conference held at Cosumnes River College is typically held in April. The conference features keynote speakers, workshops by local poets and writers, and networking opportunities. Life History writing guides are available for sale year-round for $5. Contact the Center to inquire about upcoming conference dates.