OLEAN, NY — Darlene Goetzman has led many writing workshops over her career.

Now, she is leading a new kind of program.

“Micro-Memoir Mondays,” a six-week writing group beginning on Monday, is described by Goetzman as a “safe place” where people can write stories that are important to them.

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“Everybody has a story to tell, and too often, they don’t make the connection that if we share those stories verbally, we can also share them in writing,” Goetzman said.

Goeztman, who resides in Allegany, began coaching and teaching programs designed to help busy people accomplish more by doing less in 1995.

She has been a Certified Dialogue Education Teacher for Global Learning Partners Inc. since 1997.

Some of her previous workshops include "Poetry for Who?," "Designing Learning Events for Adult Learners" and "Training Through Dialogue."

She also wrote an ebook in September 2012 titled "Dialogue Education Step by Step: A Guide for Designing Exceptional Learning Events."

 With “Micro-Memoir Mondays,” Goetzman hopes to allow participants to share their ideas and memories through writing.

Goetzman said that writing with a friend and having support has helped her develop a daily practice of creative writing.

“It’s important that we tell our stories,” she said. “Not everyone gets published, but our families and friends will certainly appreciate the thoughts we share in writing.”

Sessions will go from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and focus on strategies to write with detail, viewing examples of published memoirs and more.

There are only four open spots remaining for this program.

For more information, contact Goetzman at darlene@blumenthals.com.

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