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Write the Family

2021 Write the Family™ WORKSHOPS:

Connecting Generations by Creating Stories

Our four-week family story workshop, Connecting Generations by Creating Stories, welcomes family members of all ages. In this interactive online program, two or three participants from each family register together and learn how to shape signature stories that will become a shared family legacy.

Registration is capped at five families per workshop to ensure that all participants enjoy the experience of sharing ideas, first drafts, and questions from week to week while writing and recording their unique stories.

Liza Cochran, Kerry Feltner, and Mary Cronin, Write the Family’s workshop leaders, will guide participants in transforming shared family memories into creative works in written, audio, and graphic formats.


Spring 2021
Connecting Generations by Creating Stories Workshops will meet live on Zoom from 7PM to 8:30PM (Eastern Daylight) time on Tuesday evening for four consecutive weeks.

Dates & Registration

Session 1:

April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11, 2021 (on Zoom from 7PM to 8:30PM EDT)

Session 2:

May 18, May 25, June 1 and June 8, 2021 (on Zoom from 7PM to 8:30PM EDT)

Session 3:

June 10, June 17, June 24, and July 1 (on Zoom from 7PM to 8:30PM EDT)


Individual workshop registrations are $175 per participant.  Two family members can register together for the workshop at a discounted cost of $300 ($150 per family member). 

To arrange for additional family members to participate, to pre-pay for a family Gift Card, or to find out about customized workshop options for your family, please contact

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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.