Monday Memoir Writers Group

Palmerston Library
560 Palmerston Avenue  Toronto, Ontario   416-393-7690

This memoir writers group meets every Monday that the library is open. There are a few dates when the room is NOT available - see below. We gather in a meeting room from 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm. There are usually 6-10 of us attending and we welcome new-comers. What do we do?  We have a canister full of topics - our donated ideas for topics to write about. The stories relate to our lives as we are interested in writing memoirs.  At our meetings, when a topic is taken from the collection and we all write for about 15 minutes. We then read what we've written to the group.  Positive remarks and our shared ideas and experiences are interspersed with the readings.

We manage to do two topics - one for each hour - if the group is very small - we might do three topics. Depending on the size of the group, we have time to talk about whatever the group is interested in along with the readings.  We date the topic cards used and archive them - see our Topic List below for that.  We also exchange tips, ideas for resources and recommended reading material. (Resource List and Book Lists)

Monday Memoir Writers has a new location (since May 2019).  These Monday meetings are 1:45-3:45 pm at the Palmerston Branch. The meeting room is downstairs. An elevator operated by a librarian is for those with accessible needs. Please arrive early for this accomodation.

UPCOMING MEETINGS: December 9 and 30.  Please join us then. The meeting room is NOT available for November 25, December 2, 16 and 23.

DATES for 2020 January to June:

Monday, January 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th from 1:45-3:45pm

Monday, February 3rd, 10th & 24th from 1:45-3:45pm (February 17th library is closed for Family Day)

Monday, March 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th from 1:45-3:45pm (March 16th not available due to another booking)

Monday, April 6th, 20th, & 27th from 1:45-3:45pm (April 13th library is closed for Easter Monday)

Monday, May 4th, 11th & 25th from 1:45-3:45pm (May 18th library is closed for Victoria Day)

Monday, June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th from 1:45-3:45pm

For all who are planning to attend, please be on time if possible as we need to be out of this meeting room by 3:45 for the next group. This library is two blocks west of Bathurst for those using TTC. There is an elevator at Bathurst station however it is out of service currently. If you prefer stairs you may enjoy the Markham exit. This station is a little closer than the Christie station.



Topic List - what we've written about  since September, 2010.

Resource List - reading and web links related to writing memoirs.

Book Lists -  Memoirs - links about memoirs and memoirs recommended by members of our writers' group.

Please join us.... in between meetings, to suggest writing resources or memoirs to read please contact:
Dr. Selia Karsten drkarsten@astralsite.com

updated November 26, 2019