The OWL-Circle Memoir Workshop project began with a generous grant from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and is now in its fifth year. To learn about the project's history and goals, click here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle. Currently, the project is divided into two major areas:
Have you always wanted to write down those family stories before they're forgotten? Are there events in your life that you'd like to share with your family? Join us at an upcoming OWL-Circle workshop for five workshop sessions and learn how to organize and write your story.
The Continuing OWL-Circle Program, for those who have completed the OWL Writing Program and want to continue with their writing, will meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30. The first meeting will be held in the St. John Newmann Social Hall on January 28. Those interested in the Continuing OWL Program may call Pat Flathouse at 347-7687 for further information.
Pat will also be contacting churches to encourage them to host programs. Among churches that have expressed interest are Westlake Presbyterian, St. Catherine's (Oak Hill), and St. Helen's in Georgetown.
If you know of a church, women's group, individual's home, or senior residence that would like to sponsor an OWL-Circle workshop, or if you would like to facilitate one of these groups, let Pat Flathouse know, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-347-7687.
The Noble Generation
edited by Stephen F. Neubauer & Joan R. Neubauer, is an anthology of stories written by 49 senior citizens through a joint project sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Texas Department on Aging. A number of the stories were written by OWL-Circle graduates and Story Circle members. The tales told in this book provide a wonderful collection of personal experiences of love, happiness, celebration, and sad events as seen through the eyes of the men and women who have lived through a good part of the 20th century. The book is now available in Austin-area Barnes & Noble bookstores or through
Proceeds from the book will be donated to Literacy Austin.
A Memorial Tribute
Recently one of our Austin OWL-Circle writers died after a long bout with Parkinson's. To celebrate the woman's life, her family asked OWL-Circle coordinator Pat Flathouse and Circle facilitator Jane Ross to compile a booklet of her OWL-Circle stories, some of which were written under great difficulty. For this moving story, read Jane Ross's article: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/austin/mildred.html.
Lynn Mills' OWL-Circle Workshop
In September and October, Lynn Mills facilitated an OWL-Circle Memoir Workshop at the Avon-Washington Township Public Library in Avon, IN. At the close of her workshop, she published the group's stories in an attractive 37-page booklet, using graphics from the OWL-Circle program kit. Copies of the booklet were given to each participant. "My aim is to offer this same class three or four more times throughout the next year," Lynn says, "and then offer a once-a-month group for 'graduates' of the program to continue writing, using other story starters." She adds, "Thank you for this wonderful program. The story starters are great and the manual is easy to use. You have obviously put a lot of work into it and it shows!"
Older Women's Memoirs
We're creating a bibliography of older women's memoirs or other personal writings for our website, and we need your help. Please send us the name of the memoir and the author. Email to email@example.com.
directed the grant-funded phase of the OWL-Circle Project and continues to play an active role in its development. She is currently working on an OWL-Circle workbook for individual women who cannot participate in OWL-Circle memoir workshops.
Wise Words on Aging
"I want to tell people approaching and perhaps fearing age that it is a time of discovery. If they say 'Of what?' I can only answer, 'We must find out for ourselves, otherwise it won't be discovery.'"
~Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days~
About the Story Circle Network
The OWL-Circle memoir workshops are a project of the Story Circle Network, a non-profit organization that honors women's voices and celebrates women's lives. Membership in SCN is open to women everywhere. We offer:
a quarterly newsletter with features on women's lifewriting
opportunities to publish your work
workshops, classes, on-line courses
an Internet Chapter
Annual membership is only $24 U.S., $30 Canada/Mexico, $36 elsewhere. To join, click on Join SCN and pay on-line, or send a check to
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P.O. Box 500127
Austin, TX 78750-0127
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