Monday, March 30, 2009

Last Class (Until May...)

Memories of Winter in Childhood by Tiffany Teske

Tonight was the last class in the memoir course I have been taking at the Banff Public Library. It has been a fabulous experience! I am very impressed with the knowledge and teaching skills of our teacher, Monica Meneghetti. She is a local writer who has taught this class before. I have always written, but had never tried memoir, and I am so glad that I decided to attend this class. What blows my mind is that the library covers the cost of these classes in their programming budget, so I feel I have been given a gift to have learned so much for FREE! The six week class allowed us to create a first draft of a piece. Mine is about the 6 hours I labored while giving birth to my daughter. It has been very moving to write and is very special to me. It is no where near finished, but I will work on it a bit in coming weeks, and then I plan to take the second part of the course, which is 4 weeks long, and starts in early May. I may not make it to all the classes, since I am due to give birth to another daughter in early June, and there is a vacation week in there, but I am looking forward to learning as much as I can.

One of the highlights of the class, besides meeting several local people whom I have passed in town, but had never met, was listening to a radio program that Monica brought in about memory. I usually work on several photography and mixed media series at once and memory is always the unifying theme in at least one. I love to learn about memory. If you are interested in listening to the program is it available on the Radio Lab website. It is called Memory and Forgetting.


monmen said...

Thanks for the kudos, Tiffany! Glad the class is working for you.

Tiffany Teske said...

But of course, Monica! I am really impressed by both you and the course. I have paid for many many courses, quite a few that didn't really live up to expectations, and your far exceeded them. I have also taught many classes, so I know it is not always easy. Thanks again, and see you in early May! T