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Dearly Departed: Write Your Own Obituary with Ann Crews Melton

A two-part writing workshop where you will be invited to reflect on a life well (and still to be) lived.

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About this class:

This is a 2-meeting virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Thursdays: February 2 and 16, 6-7:30 pm CST

In these fractured times, we all share one thing in common: we are mortal and must come to grips with our own inevitable demise. In this two-part writing workshop, you will be invited to reflect on a life well (and still to be) lived, how to best capture your personality, and what is important to you. The first session will discuss the role of obituaries, review examples, and present a basic template of the traditional form. In the second session we will workshop obituary drafts and offer feedback, and celebrate the lives of our classmates as we prepare to shuffle off this mortal coil.

Instructor bio:

Ann Crews Melton is executive director of Consensus Council, a Bismarck-based nonprofit, and previously served as an editor at the State Historical Society of ND and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Austin College and a master of arts degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College. She is an avid obituary reader and former reporter and community columnist for the Bismarck Tribune.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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