Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Current hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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  • Total occupancy in the building is limited to 10 visitors at any given time, so short waits outside may be necessary.
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Master Class Online - Making the Invisible Visible: A Generative Writing Workshop with Grace Talusan

What is invisible about you? What stories are untold about you and others? What stories are missing from our culture? What would happen if we tried to make them visible? Why might it be important to try and tell these stories? 

In this Master Class on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m., join writer Grace Talusan - chosen as this year’s Boston Book Festival’s One City One Story author - for an hour-long online writing session for all experience levels. The session will mostly be spent writing, but if there is time, some writers may volunteer to share aloud what they wrote and we may discuss the short story and the framing questions.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please note: This Master Class will be recorded. Any participants who wish to not be featured in the recorded session should mute their microphones, and/or disable their cameras.
Visit our Tutorials page for step by step instructions on using Zoom!
In advance of the session, you are encouraged (but not required) to read her short story, “The Book of Life and Death,” available for free download in English and audio or multiple languages. Free booklets are also available for pickup at the Ames Free Library.
Grace will lead you through a step-by-step process to write a new piece responding to the Boston Book Festival’s One City One Story writing prompt:

“We were the invisible, for a moment, made visible…”

In response to The Book of Life and Death, we invite you to write a poem, story, or essay that sheds light on the life of a person or group who we don’t often see represented in stories.

If you’d like to submit your response (in 200 words or fewer) to our writing contest with the possibility of being featured on our social media or have the chance to read your response at the live 1C1S event on October 16th at 6:00pm, click here!

While the story is available in multiple languages, this workshop will be taught in English. All are welcome. Bring an open mind and your favorite writing tools (paper, pen, or device).

About Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan is the author of The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a winner in nonfiction for the Massachusetts Book Awards, and the winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Born in the Philippines and raised in New England, Talusan spent many happy hours in the Ames Free Library. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University.


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