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Get Started Writing Your Memoir with a Workshop on Monday, October 15

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  • Jud Miner, a resident of Windsor Park and published author, will present a workshop about memoir writing on Monday, Oct. 15 at Windsor Park in Carol Stream.

    Jud Miner, a resident of Windsor Park and published author, will present a workshop about memoir writing on Monday, Oct. 15 at Windsor Park in Carol Stream.
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Shirley Mott

Carol Stream, Ill. -- October 2, 2012 -- Are you contemplating writing your memoir? If so, but you just don't know how to go about it; a workshop on Monday, Oct. 15 could be the jump-start you need.

Presented by the Windsor Park Center for Lifelong Learning, "Have Fun -- Write Your Memoir" is led by Windsor Park resident Jud Miner. The one-hour workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. at Windsor Park Covenant Retirement Community, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream. The only cost for the session is $6 for a "Writers Handbook," however, an RSVP is necessary by Thursday, Oct. 11 to Jim Steere. Steere can be contacted by calling (630)510-4706 or via email

According to Miner, the workshop will help you find your voice. He'll cover getting started, story structure, creating word pictures, utilizing your own creativity and most of all, how to have fun with the project.

"In every one of us are stories that need to be told: happy stories, inspiring stories, funny stories, dark stories, light-hearted stories," says Miner in his syllabus. "The trick is to get started and that is where the fun begins."

Miner is the author of four children's books, including "Amos and the Wild Welshman" and its sequel "The Search for The Sangreal." He has conducted writing workshops for kids ages 8 -- 14, and memoir writing workshops for the young-at-heart, ages 9 -- 99, for the past several years.

More about Windsor Park:
Windsor Park is a faith-based retirement community located on 60 scenic acres in the western suburbs of Chicago. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. on behalf of the Board of Benevolence of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Windsor Park offers continuing care retirement including residential independent living apartments and duplex homes, assisted living, memory support and rehab & skilled nursing. Windsor Park allows you to optimize your retirement at any stage of your life in a community offering a haven for nature lovers and easy access to the
metropolitan resources of Chicago. More information about Windsor Park can be found online at or by calling 630-510-4700. The executive director is Karen Larson. Jim Steere is the director of church relations & community outreach, and Marissa Samaan is the marketing director.

About Jud Miner:
Jud Miner is retired from the chemical and electronics industries, and after retirement became a Presbyterian commissioned lay pastor in Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery. During his business career, he was a Dale Carnegie Sales course instructor, a speaker at trade shows and conferences on automation, and was awarded two bar code technology patents.

Miner is a member of distinction St. Louis Writers' Guild and a judge for their annual children's writing contests. He is a published author of children's books, technical articles, and short stories. In October 2010, he was awarded 2nd place in the Children/Young Adult Fiction category of the 79th Writer's Digest Writing Competition. He can be reached at (630)668-3704.