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"Flying Naked" Memoir Writings will be presented at UMFK

April 23, 2004

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There will be a public reading of the works of UMFK students in Carol Hawkins' Memoir Writing course on Wednesday evening, April 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room on the UMFK campus.

Hawkins and students in her class would like to invite the citizens of the St. John Valley to their public reading entitled "Flying Naked". Students will read their memoirs and encourage others to commit their own stories to the page.

Comments from students include "this course has been an incredible experience and opportunity for traditional and non-traditional students alike, to take part in a supportive and collaborative writing workshop" and "We hope this public forum will not only provide an opportunity for us to read our work but provide an incentive for others, particularly residents of the area, to take the course themselves."

Special guest speaker, Lionel Lavoie, of Madawaska, will share his memoir about his experience as a combat veteran in Viet Nam. Lionel received a warm reception last year when he spoke at UMFK, so Hawkins decided to invite him back, "so others will have an opportunity to witness his remarkable story."

Hawkins adds, "Lionel's memoirs are particularly poignant as the United States once again finds itself engaged in war. Many people approached me after he spoke on campus last year and asked when he would speak again. I'm very grateful that Lionel has agreed to return."

Hawkins will once again offer the Memoir Writing course during the early session of summer school at UMFK, May 10 through May 28. The intensive three-week session will meet Monday through Friday, from 6:00 to 8:55 p.m.

"Everybody has a story, why not join a group of dedicated writers and craft your own. The course is particularly enriched when members of the community join students on campus to write about their experiences," said Hawkins.

The reading will offer an opportunity for the public to preview what they can expect when taking the course.

Hawkins encourages everyone to "come and listen to those who have committed their memories to the page." She will be available, along with Lavoie and her students, to answer any questions regarding the course, and to talk to those interested in writing.

For more information on the course, please call Hawkins at 834-7892.

To register for the Memoir Writing course, call the registrar's office at 834-7520.