On Saturday, November 16, local author Alan Loewen will be offering a free class on how to write and publish your personal memoirs without spending money on the project. The author of Opal Wine, Coventry House, and Yew Manor, Loewen will instruct attendees in the process of telling their story and how to get it published privately or publicly in magazines, anthologies, or in book form.
"As a member of the clergy who has performed countless funerals, it is my belief there are too many people leaving us with their stories untold," Loewen said. "There is a form of wisdom that comes with age and many of our senior citizens have had life experiences that are of great value and should be recorded for posterity."
Attendees will have their choice of two different times to attend the two hour-long seminar: 10 AM or 1 PM. The seminar will be held at the Heidlersburg Church of the United Brethren in Christ, 2736 Heidlersburg Rd. (Route 234) just 5 miles east of Biglerville and 10 miles north of the Gettysburg.
"This is a free class with no hidden costs," Loewen reported, "because I want it available to all senior citizens who have a story to tell, and all of them do. Even if they do not wish to tell their entire life story there are still individual experiences that can be published that people have had during the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean or Vietnam conflict, or just the challenges of everyday life such as the death of a loved one, the struggle to keep a business open, or the challenge of serious physical illness."
Loewen has reported that there are reputable anthologies and magazines that are always looking for memoirs such as the Chicken Soup series, Reminisce Magazine, Reader's Digest, and many others. Most of these venues are more than willing to pay for stories of memorable events from the lives of senior citizens.
"My motivation for offering a free class on writing one's memoirs," Loewen said, "came when an elderly friend of mine told me of an amazing story. During the Second World War he was miraculously saved when a mortar shell landed in the middle of his platoon leaving him the sole survivor. I begged him to write the story for others. Unfortunately, I attended his funeral less than a week later with only me and a few others knowing his story."
Though the class is targeted specifically for senior citizens, writers of all ages will be warmly welcomed. Those desiring more information can call Mr. Loewen's office at 717-528-7022 during normal business hours.