Writing into Legacy; The Journal and the William Book

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Date(s) - 08/01/2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

North Beach Library


Exciting new program coming January 8, 2018, 1-3pm. North Beach Library. 

Writing into Legacy; The Journal and the William Book

Materials: One composition book, one small book, pencil or pen, colored pencils optional

These two-hour hands on, experiential writing workshop will focus on the art of journaling for those who wish to memorialize and honor particular memories, insights, questions and moments close to the heart. Journaling provides a way to wrap words around us and is both a personal outlet and a creative endeavor. And its fun.

Throughout history people have had a need to write down what is most important to them, and through the act of journaling we come to a place of introspection and deeper self-knowledge.

What is of great importance?
What makes us wonder?
What do we endow with meaning in our lives?
What captures our attention and brings delight?

These are some of the questions we will explore and connect to the writing of journals, with particular attention to the little William Book, a tiny journal carried in a purse or bag that allows us to ‘capture’ life as we live it. In addition to the larger journal, the William Book allows the writer/carrier to capture life on the run and is itself a work of art and bit of legacy for the future. 

There is no prior writing experience necessary for this workshop; you need only bring your unique, interesting, creative self.

The Instructor: Susan Stauter is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the San Francisco Unified School District. She currently consults with the San Francisco Symphony, Leadership, San Ramon and the Leonard Bernstein Artful Learning Program as a presenter and teacher. Ms. Stauter is the former Conservatory Director of the American Conservatory Theater and founded the Department of Theater of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. A writer, director and performer, Ms. Stauter has worked for Disney Entertainment, the New World Symphony, and the Grammy Foundation, among others. She has presented nationally and internationally, and is particularly interested these days in writing, legacy, and the valorization of individuals of all ages through acts of meaningful creativity. The William Book is a project she developed to capture what is most important to her for her grandson William, now nine years old and living in Decatur, Georgia.


If response is strong, Ms. Stauter will lead this class monthly.