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Explore Your Family History by Writing

Are your roots worth exploring? Weston-based writer/psychotherapist Amanda Geffner thinks they are, and she’s offering two writing workshops to help participants explore their family histories. The workshops will be Jan. 25 and Feb. 8.

"My belief is that steady writing practice and sharing can be not only healing, but also lead to the finding of one's authentic voice and to better and better writing," Geffner says on her website .

The workshop is titled " Home Is Where the Story Is: Writing About Family ." Participants are asked to bring photos or small objects to help in the process.

No previous writing experience is required. Geffner will also provide brief readings and optional prompts to help get the process started. A significant amount of workshop time will be devoted to writing, followed by an opportunity to share stories. "Reading our work to one another will be optional and in the spirit of providing resonance, appreciation and enjoyment," Geffner stated.

The workshops are being held Jan. 25 in collaboration with the Oral History Department of the Westport Historical Society . Each session cost $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers, and will be held at the Betty & Ralph Sheffer Gallery in Westport. Light fare will also be provided.

For more information, contact the Westport Historical Society at (203) 222-1424 or visit its website .

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