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DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? FIND OUT HOW TO WRITE A STORY BY ATTENDING A FREE TALK AT AQUINAS EMERITUS COLLEGE, BROWNE CENTER - Jan 27, 2003

January 27, 2003 - Aquinas Emeritus College and ArtServe Michigan in conjunction with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs are sponsoring a talk and four classes open to all individuals 55 and older in the Grand Rapids area interested in learning how to "write a story." On Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m., Bill Osborn, associate professor of English at Grand Valley State University, will be discuss ways people can write their own stories. He will also read from one of his own stories.

In April, the Emeritus College will offer four classes where Osborn will further explore the connection between life and creating fiction, and to familiarize the students with techniques that can be applied to their own writing. The talk and classes would be an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in learning to write a family history. Osborn's writings are frequently based on family history and traumatic times he experienced during his childhood. He finds that going through the difficulties and joys of writing about a recurring memory, often leads to better understanding of that memory and the story can serve as a springboard to opening a family discussion. His reading on February 20 will be based on one of his recurring memories.

The classes will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: April 2, 9, 16 and 23, in Browne Center, 2001 Robinson Road, S.E. The cost of the four classes is $65 and is limited to the first 20 people to sign up. Scholarships are available. For information, please call 616-459-8281, ext. 5416.

Aquinas College is an inclusive educational community committed to equality and welcomes and encourages participation from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability. The mission of the Aquinas Emeritus College is to address the intellectual, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the mature adult learner population. In pursuit of that mission, the Emeritus College offers quality learning opportunities for mature adult learners to encourage the lifelong exploration of ideas and intellectual growth.