Creative Aging Writing Memoir registration opens December 11


Cambridge Public Library announces second course in Creative Aging program, an intensive series of art workshops for adults 55+, with “Writing Memoir.”

CAMBRIDGE, MA – November 29, 2017 – The Cambridge Public Library (CPL) will begin the second course in its’ Creative Aging series on January 10, 2018 with a focus on writing memoir. The first course in the series, “The Basics of Drawing,” took place in Fall 2017 and received excellent feedback from students and community members. This second course will continue to build on the innovative program at the Library with teaching artist, Judah Leblang.

CPL has committed to four of these workshop series’ over the course of the next year and will feature various areas of study. In June 2017, CPL staff distributed a survey to over 200 patrons to determine what artistic disciplines are of interest to Cambridge residents. This feedback is considered as staff move forward with planning the course offerings.

“We’re pleased with the positive response to the launch of this program in the community and excited to offer this second course, “Writing Memoir.” It’s been a joy to see students learn new skills and create friendships through Creative Aging and through the anonymous donation to the CPL Foundation we are happy that we are able to continue this needed program in Cambridge,” said Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries.

Through generous funding from the Cambridge Public Library Foundation, CPL is partnering with the non-profit, Lifetime Arts, to offer this program. Taught by certified artists and instructors, the goal is to offer adults aged 55+ opportunities to learn new skills and to further develop the Library as a center for lifelong learning. It will additionally provide participants a chance to make new connections with other community members.

The program will run on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, January 10th through February 28th.  The course will culminate with a public showcase of the participants’ work and a reception. The course is free and open to the public and all course materials are included.

Registration will take place on Monday, December 11th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM via email at, by calling the Research Desk at 617-349-4044 or entering in person at the Q&A desk at the Main Library. There is a maximum capacity of 20 students. Due to high interest in the Creative Aging series, the Library will offer a lottery system for participants. 20 participants will be chosen at random to participate in the course. Selected participants will be contacted by the Library on December 12, 2017.