Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 21, 2010

Education In Brief: 09/21/2010

Capture your life stories on paper

TRAVERSE CITY — Author and teacher Anne-Marie Oomen will lead an afternoon workshop designed to help participants start or continue the process of capturing their life stories on paper.

Oomen teaches creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy and is an instructor for the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. She is the author of the non-fiction books "American Map," "Pulling Down the Barn," "House of Fields" and "Un-coded Woman."

"Capturing Your Life Stories" will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Northwestern Michigan College. Topics include mining memories, crafting language and using the senses. Oomen also will share approaches to putting words on paper.

The workshop is a program of NMC's Life Academy and is open to the public. The cost is $45. For details or to register, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700, or visit

Otsego Co. school retirees meet

GAYLORD — The Otsego County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel willl update members and all school personnel on recent changes in the health care program.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Gaylord Knights of Columbus Hall on Wilkinson Road. Representatives of Blue Shield, Catalyst, EyeMed, Delta Dental and MARSP Director Bonnie Carpenter will discuss recent health care program changes and answer questions. Handouts will be available.

Donations will be accepted to offset the hall rental fee. For details or reservations, call Margaret Albert, (989) 732-1215.

Susan Ager is luncheon speaker

TRAVERSE CITY — Susan Ager, longtime columnist at the Detroit Free Press, will discuss her career at the next Life Academy Lunch.

Ager program, "Lessons and Stories — A Journalist's Life," will reflect on 25 years of work that included front page stories, long issues and profile features for the Sunday magazine, and the column "Tell Susan Where To Go."

The lunch and program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Northwestern Michigan College's University Center, Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road.

The cost is $17 including lunch; $8 without lunch. Attendees also may bring their own lunch.

Registration is required and the public is welcome. for details or to register, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700 or visit

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