Life-writing seminar planned

Hosted by MSA Museum Society with local writer and editor Philip Sherwood

A seminar to assist those who want to write their life stories takes place in Abbotsford on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The session takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St.

Participants will identify strategies for completing the four-step writing process, explore the principles of creative non-fiction, and gain an understanding of issues such as how much truth to reveal and dealing with trauma.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the MSA Museum Society and local writer and editor Philip Sherwood. The cost is $50.

Sherwood runs, which specializes in helping individuals, families, organizations, and communities tell and preserve their stories in book form.

He recently won the Abbotsford Arts Council 2014 Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in the Literary Arts.

Dorothy van der Ree, executive director of the MSA Museum Society, said two previous sessions on life-writing drew packed audiences. “Obviously, people want to write their stories, and so we hope this seminar will help equip them with the necessary skills to get going,” she said.

Seating is limited, and advanced registration is mandatory by contacting the museum at  604-853-0313, emailing, or visiting the website

The seminar is one of several services that the MSA Museum offers to aspiring memoirists, life-writers, and family historians.

These include free information sessions held three times a year, free one-on-one consultations, a list of do-it-yourself resources, and several fee-based services.

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