Author Yvonne J. Medley will lead a writing workshop at the Holley Graded School Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is co-sponsored with the Northumberland Public Library. Attendance is limited to 20 people and reservations are required. Lunch is provided. The cost of the workshop is $20 to help defray expenses. Reservations are required by calling the Northumberland Public Library at 580-5051.
Medley’s Life Journeys Writing Workshop is designed to empower and encourage individuals to tell their story. Participants will learn about the publishing industry, how to craft their stories, feelings, and wisdom in their writing and how to use it to feel better emotionally. Medley said engaging in literary arts is therapeutic and builds self-esteem.
“Participants can expect to get their creative juices flowing and keep them flourishing,” said Medley. “They will walk away realizing that not only does everyone own a story…there is passion and purpose to be discovered and documented in one’s life experience and observations. Our lives are never just about us.”
Medley has presented workshops for The Maryland Writers’ Association, Maryland’s Big Read, and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture as well as for various educational programs and churches. Medley is the founder of The Life Journeys Writers Guild, Inc. which serves writers and lovers of the Literary Arts.
Medley is a Point of Change Jail & Street Ministry, Inc. volunteer which is dedicated to uplift/positively impact incarcerated men/women and their families. For her volunteer efforts, she received the 2012 Drum Major for Service Award from The White House. She was nominated a Woman of Impact by the Southern Maryland Women’s League, and just recently, A Woman Trailblazer by the Charles County Commission of Women in Maryland.
Medley has penned two novels (God in Wingtip Shoes and Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine), and a collection of novellas. Two Old White Ladies in Africa and Other Life Journeys are on the way. She has worked on the staff of the Washington Times; and has freelanced for several publications such as The Washington Post, People Magazine, Gospel Today Magazine, and A Time of Love Magazine. The novella The Prison Plumb Line has been performed as a stage play in Washington, D.C., and has been optioned for a feature film.
The Holley Graded School opened in 1869 as the only educational opportunity for the Lottsburg area and it operated as a school until 1959. It was built by Sallie Holley and Caroline Putnam with significant funding from Louisa May Alcott. The Holley Graded School Museum and Art Gallery was opened this year as a museum and art gallery for the community.