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SCBWI-IL Oak Park Network Hosts Beth Finke


Unlocking Memories and Uncovering Stories

with Beth Finke

DATE: Thursday, May 12

TIME: 7-8:30 pm

Author, journalist and teacher Beth Finke will lead a discussion on ways writing memoir and first-person narratives  could apply  –and benefit — the writing you do for children.
Through observation exercises and writing prompts, Beth’s workshop will answer common questions about  getting started, the difference between autobiography and memoir, exposing family secrets, using pen names and  pseudonyms,   finding and working with publishers.
A fun and easy-going workshop to discover ways friends, family, celebrations, milestones, moments and place can be catalysts for unlocking memories and uncovering stories.


Beth Finke likes to write, read and edit stories. Her children’s book, “Hani and Beth: Safe & Sound,”  was published in print and in Braille in 2007. Written from her Seeing Eye dog’s point of view, it won the ASPCA’s Henry Bergh  Award for Children’s Literature  that year. Beth has written a couple of books for adults, too: “Long Time, No See” (a memoir about adapting to sight loss at age 25) and “Writing Out Loud” (about  the memoir-writing classes she leads for older adults in Chicago). Beth returned to her role as children’s book  writer for a short bit this year, penning two textbooks for an “Understanding Disabilities” project Sleeping Bear Press will publish for elementary schools this Fall.

Find out more  at and on twitter @BethFinke


—LIVE EVENT FREE to both members and non-members. It will be recorded.

—A recording will be made available on our Recordings BY REQUEST page beginning on May 1.


Questions? Email Sarah Hammond, SCBWI-IL Oak Park Network Rep