In this workshop, we’ll learn the art of taking an oral history interview. We’ll take a close look at main elements of oral history—what it is, what the process of taking an oral history is all about, and the essential link between oral history and story.We will jump into the oral history process by doing some practice interviews with each other. We’ll discuss ways that we can extend our skills and interview friends and family members. We all have a story to tell, and oral history provides a way to spread the joys of story and to curate stories from those who matter most in our lives.

Ellen Brooks teaches writing at Purchase College, and she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Hunter College. She has worked as a special education teacher, literacy consultant, and writing workshop leader. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and recently completed her MFA in nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Ellen is the author of Just Right Books for Beginning Readers (Scholastic). Her essay “Dayenu,” which appeared in the Blue Lyra Review, was listed as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015.

Day: Wednesday
Dates: Feb 1
Time: 11:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Mamaroneck Public Library
Fee: $45


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