2023-04-15 – Writing Family Stories: Digging Deeper



Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00-5:00 pm)


Kathleen Ernst


This is an in-person class hosted at Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah. 


Memories make a wonderful starting point for writers wanting to capture family lore. Inevitably, however, we are stymied by gaps in the records or genealogical brick walls. How do we write about people we never knew? How do we find stories if an ancestor left behind only a single photograph or heirloom . . . or nothing at all?

In this workshop, students will explore several techniques to help address those challenges, including inquiry-based, speculative, and imaginative writing. With Vesterheim’s rich collections as inspiration, you’ll take your writing to a new level.


Level of Instruction:

All levels. No prior writing experience is necessary.


Each student will need a notebook or journal and pen/pencil. Laptops are optional.

Enrollment Deadline: 

March 24, 2023

Learn more about instructor Kathleen Ernst here.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.

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