“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lord, African-American
“By having roots, you can see the direction in which you want to go.” – Joenia Wapixana, Brazilian
“My parents were very Old World. They come from Brooklyn, which is the heart of the Old World. Their values in life are God and carpeting.” – Woody Allen, Jewish
Culture and tradition play a large part in shaping our individual and group identities. This workshop, which draws upon cultural traditions, rituals and experience, provides an opportunity to write about who we are and where we come from – geographically, historically, and emotionally. Whether whimsical or wise, join in crafting written explorations that take us back to our roots.
Class meets Saturdays, October 27, November 3, 10, 17
Elayne Clift, a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and a regular contributor to Vermont Woman, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Senior correspondent for the India-based syndicate Women’s Feature Service, she published her first novel, Hester’s Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, in 2012. Her latest book of short stories, Children of the Chalet, won First Prize/Fiction 2014 from Greyden Press, published in 2015.