Free writing and arts workshop available at the Gorham Public Library

BERLIN — Two free workshops in the “Telling Our Stories” series have been rescheduled for a new place and date. The programs, with author Tamara Ellis Smith, will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at the Gorham Public Library.

“Telling Our Stories,” the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s new pilot writing partnership with the Vermont College of Fine Arts Young Writers Network is bringing published children’s and YA authors to work with students and community members this winter. The workshops on March 22 include:

Magic Marbles: A Hands-on Community Art Workshop with Tamara Ellis Smith

For adults and children (recommended for children nine and older, but all are welcome with appropriate supervision). Smith will engage participants in her Magic Marble art project, which is a spin-off from her novel, Another Kind of Hurricane. For the three boys in the novel, the marble that passes between them is imbued with luck and possibly magic; it is also a symbol of their perseverance. In this hands-on art workshop, participants will create personal Magic Marbles inspired by Smith’s reading from the book. The workshop will start at 6 p.m., at the Gorham Public Library.

The Landscape of Our Lives: A Hands-on Community Writing Workshop with Tamara Ellis Smith

For teens and adults interested in writing, at all levels of experience. All are welcome; especially recommended for those engaged in service work — in schools, health-care facilities, social-service agencies and homes. Smith will engage participants in a series of writing exercises aimed at creatively mapping their lives, and then finding defining moments, memories and details from which to build stories about themselves. The workshop is designed to help participants celebrate who they are, and the work they do. This workshop will start at 7:30 p.m., and will also be held at the Gorham Public Library.

Both workshops are free and pre-registration is appreciated. The Gorham Public Library is located at 35 Railroad Street in Gorham. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (603) 323-7302, or register on the website at