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Find your story at the Bemidji Public Library

The Bemidji Public Library will host its first-ever writing workshop next month.

The workshop, "Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story," will be offered 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 17. As with all library events, there is no charge. However, registration is limited to 20 participants. To register, call 751-39663.

"It's wonderful that we can offer these for free," said Dawn Stattine, the coordinator for Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes program through the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

While KRLS frequently hosts story times and special events such as author visits, the workshop will be the system's first foray into writing instruction.

Paul Ericsson, branch manager for Bemidji Public Library, said writing workshops have long been requested by library patrons.

The workshop will first be offered at library branches in Walker, Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Park Rapids.

"It is something the library hasn't done before," Stattine said.

The leader of the workshop will be Angela Foster, an award-winning Pine City, Minn., poet and memoirist. Foster won the Carol Bly Award in creative nonfiction in 2004 and 2006 from Bemidji State University. She teaches memoir writing at Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Stattine said Foster, who teaches a weeks-long memoir-writing course in Pine City, recommends that those interested in writing first attempt memoir writing.

"You have to remember your experiences and find what in those experiences is significant in telling your story to others," Stattine said.

The workshops, part of Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes, are funded through the Legacy grants available through the state of Minnesota.

"We're hoping to do more writing workshops," Stattine said.

Writing children's books is a topic being considered for a future writing workshop, she said, noting that many people have requested it.

"That's has been expressed at several branches," Stattine said.