From his first movie role as mortician Eugene Grizzard in Bonnie and Clyde to his Emmy Award winning guest appearances as Mr. Stein on TV’s Will and Grace, Gene Wilder always made us smile, and that’s the way he wanted it.
On Monday, August 29th, at the age of 83, Wilder passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s, a diagnosis he kept hidden from the public for the last three years because, according to his family, he did not want to make his fans sad.
Of course, we are sad, but let’s revisit some of his work and let him make us happy once more. It’s what he would have wanted.
“Group journaling transforms an enriching experience of solitude into a powerful experience of community.”
~ Suzanne C. Goodsell, of Writer’s Digest.
Do you keep a journal? Would you like to be able to write your own personal journal? Here’s your opportunity! The inexperienced, slightly-experienced, and experienced- of all ages are welcome! We will explore the written word together, through journaling prompts, readings, and reflection. Please bring your favorite notebooks and writing tools. Only manual(no electronic media/computers allowed!) writing methods and materials will be used: paper, pencils, pens, drawing tools- even manual typewriters- are fine. Journaling by hand frees writers to explore reflection and observation by putting ink- or graphite- to paper.
Portland Public Library is pleased to announce Journaling in the Library, a new group that will meet monthly in the Portland Room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:30pm-7:00pm. This will be the Greater Portland region’s only writing group dedicated to journal writing, and welcomes all ages and manual writing media.
Journaling in the Library makes use of autobiographic and historic elements in PPL’s collections: this includes memoirs, archives, journalism, letter correspondence, and the history of writing in material culture. There may be occasions for visiting writers to visit with the group, as well.
The format is similar to many other writing groups, though focused on journaling: using assigned prompts for written exploration. Participants will have opportunities to cultivate and read their writing, with the support of the community that comprises the group. Join us on Wednesday, September 21st for our first meeting!