Local Memoir Reading and Introduction to Memoir Writing Techniques Featuring: Emily Urness and Students from The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium

Feb 7 2013 7:00 pm
Northfield Public Library meeting room

Come join in the celebration of local voices and storytelling on Thursday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library

Emily Urness, Kenyon-native writer, will read stories from her in-progress memoir collection. The collection is about the experience of moving back in with her parents at age 28.Ms. Urness has invited her former memoir-writing students from the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium to read their stories as well. The students took a writing course she offered in the spring of 2012. Their work was collected into a volume titled, Collected Writing: Write Your Life: Techniques in Memoir Writing.In addition to reading, Ms. Urness will host a presentation on memoir writing tips and techniques. She will provide a take-home handout with writing exercises for attendees.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Emily Urness was born and raised in small town Minnesota. She has recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has instructed writing courses at The Loft Literary Center, The Rochester Senior Center, Crossings at Carnegie and The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium. She has worked as an editorial board member for several literary publications including, PRISM International. She is a freelance journalist. Her work has been published in: Generations of Today, Northfield Patch and The Loft Writer’s Block among others. Emily is currently working on a collection of Creative Non-fiction Essays. She is a recipient of a McKnight Established Artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. For more information and updates check her website at emilyurness.com.


This project is in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. And, is supported by a McKnight Established Artist Grant.