Rockland library offers Family Stories

Feb 17, 2014
Dena Davis

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will offer a Family Stories: Families Writing Together program beginning Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Dena Davis, founder and director of Stories by the Sea.

This writing program will be an opportunity for families with children age 8 and older to attend a six-week session of writing workshops to explore the themes of identity and place. Young writers and their family members (or special adults in their lives) will have a chance to share and write about individual, family and community identities. With hands-on activities incorporating artifacts, photographs, childhood neighborhood maps and letters, participants will record memories, share stories and create poems as a group and individually.

Facilitator Davis led a variety of writing workshops last year at Aldermere Farm, Sweet Tree Arts and the Thomaston library, as well as a Young Authors’ Camp at Rockland Public Library through the Southern Maine Writing Project. She has been an educator for 12 years in California and Maine and has worked with children of all ages for many more. Davis holds a BA in English from Stanford University and a MA in Education from University of California, Berkeley.

The highlight of Davis’ teaching career has been working with young writers, helping them discover, develop and celebrate each one’s unique voice and encouraging them to share with a larger audience at annual Authors’ Teas. She became a National Writing Project Fellow/Teaching Consultant in 2003 through the Southern California Writing Project, led in-service workshops for her colleagues in Northern and Central California and enjoyed leading a Creative Writing Club for 4th through 6th graders at the St. George School. She believes strongly in process, imagination, experimentation and play; and that each of us has a story (or two) to tell.

Registration for this writing program is required as space is limited; call the library at 594-0310 to sign up. For specific questions about the program itself, call Davis at 354-0614.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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