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This program is currently closed to reservations.

To be added to the waitlist, please email Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] with your name, email address, and telephone number. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

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The best first-person narratives are as much about “the who” as “the what”; as in who’s telling the story and why. In this one-day seminar on personal narrative, accomplished writer and editor, Dinah Lenney, will lead a thoughtful and engaging discussion that looks at a sampling of published memoirs and personal essays to explore a range of strategies for discovering our best material and getting it to the page. Participants will play with prompts to activate memory and imagination, and to develop the balance between narration and reflection—that is “show and tell”—so rewarding for writers and readers of creative nonfiction.

This is a free program that will be held in the Woodland Hills Public Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.


Reservation and Wait-list Policy

LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.

Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained. If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time to the best of your ability so we can keep an accurate reservation count as well as accommodate other guests who wish to attend. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney wrote The Object Parade and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and, with Judith Kitchen, edited, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, coming from W.W. Norton next fall. She serves as core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and the Rainier Writing Workshop, and as the nonfiction editor at LARB.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation/wait-list policy for this seminar?
    Due to room capacity and the interactive nature of this program, program space will be limited to no more than 50. Once that capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist. If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Why is this seminar being held at the Woodland Hills Branch Library?
    LFLA is hosting writers’ seminars in branch libraries in East and West Valley regions to engage Members and library patrons living in this area.
  • Where should I park?
    Woodland Hills Branch Library has a parking lot with limited spaces. There is metered and street parking available; please pay close attention to the street parking signs.
  • What should I bring?
    Please bring a pen and a notebook. Also, bring questions and be ready for an engaging discussion with Dinah and fellow participants!