Collectors young and old are invited to share and write about their favorite trinkets, gizmos or gadgets at the Tompkins County Public Library Sunday, September 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM as Irene Zahava hosts “Swell Stuff” an inter-generational creative writing workshop.
This program is being held in conjunction with the 2011 Community Read of E.L. Doctorow’s “Homer and Langley,” which is based on the now-folkloric lives of the Collyer brothers, whose bodies were found in 1947 amidst 100-ton of refuse---including newspapers, preserved human organs and a Model T Ford---in their Fifth Avenue brownstone.
While the Collyer brothers were extreme, almost all collectors have stories to tell.
“Whether it's four fountain pens, 13 pairs of tap shoes, 99 plastic wind-up toys or 200 matchbooks, this workshop will give you the opportunity to display a small sample of your SWELL STUFF, and to write about it,” Zahava said.
Participants should bring a few items from their collection, a notebook and a pen. This workshop is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is appreciated.
To register, contact Zahava at 607-273-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Zahava is the director of Emma’s Writing Center, where she has been leading Writing Circles for children and adults since 1994.