Write the Family Workshops

Designed for Writers of All Ages


Celebrate the summer by creating personal narratives and micro memoirs, writing family stories, and reaching out to the future with creative nonfiction.

These small group workshops (maximum of 12 participants) encourage story sharing and exploring new techniques with writing guidance from expert Write the World teachers. Each workshop is a unique experience with two live sessions on Zoom, plus time in between sessions to expand and complete draft stories. 

Register for one, two, or all three Write the Family workshops this summer to discover and share the stories you’ve always wanted to tell!

Dates & Registration

Bringing Family Stories to Life: Narrated Media, Interviews, and Character Close Ups 

July 21 and July 28 (on Zoom from 7PM to 8PM Eastern Daylight Time)

Telling Your Story: Micro-Memoirs and Memory Maps

August 12 and August 19 (on Zoom from 7PM to 8PM Eastern Daylight Time)


Each two-week Write the Family workshop costs $75.  Register for two or three workshops to receive an automatic 20% discount on your total payment at checkout.  You may mix and match the Write the Family workshops with any of the Summer Camp, Poetry, and College Essay workshops to qualify for the 20% discount!

For additional summer dates, family and group discounts, or more workshop information, email mary@writetheworld.com.

Other Workshop Questions?

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Meet Our Team

Liza Cochran

Liza Cochran designs and teaches family story workshops for Write the Family™. Liza stewards the education vision at Write the World, working with community members to develop innovative writing programs. A longtime educator and writer, Liza has designed and implemented writing curriculum in high schools, colleges, and community centers across the US, including the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Emerson College, and Grub Street Writing Center. Since 2015, Liza has served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she teaches personal narrative writing with Dr. Nancy Sommers. Liza holds a BA from Brown University, where she studied writing, education, and environmental science, and an MFA from Emerson College, where she studied creative writing. You can find her work in the Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, and Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Mary J. Cronin

Mary J Cronin is the program and partnership director for Write the Family™, Write the World’s intergenerational family storytelling program, and delighted to be co-teaching the Write the Family workshops with Liza Cochran and Kerry Feltner. Mary’s role at Write the World combines her passion for preserving family stories, sparking creative collaboration across generations, developing new courses, and teaching. Mary earned a PhD at Brown University, an MLS in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, and a BA at Emmanuel College. She taught management and interdisciplinary social impact courses at Boston College for over twenty- five years, and is currently a Boston College Research Professor. She serves as a nonprofit director of the Boston Authors Club and the Encore Boston Network. Mary has authored twelve books on managing digital innovation, internet and wireless business, smart products, and social impact. She enjoys helping aspiring authors crystalize their inspiration into works in progress.

Kerry Feltner

Kerry Feltner is a Writing Studies Program Instructor at Emerson College, Boston, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. She is also the Senior Multimedia Journalist at the Waltham News Tribune one of the state’s oldest printed newspapers, the latest position in her eight-year writing career in journalism and media. In 2020 and 2021, Kerry taught a course in writing nonfiction and personal narratives for EmersonWRITES, an urban,
creative writing lab that offers free college-style workshops to teens (8-12th grade students) enrolled in a Greater Boston public or charter school. Kerry’s own works of creative nonfiction delve into a range of topics including the aging process, relationships, and the state of local journalism. Her essay, “Methuselah” was published in Trinity College’s New Square Literary Magazine in the fall 2020 issue. She will be sharing her expertise in personal narrative, creative nonfiction, and crafting memorable family interviews and stories in Write the Family™ Workshops.

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