Monson Memories October 23

October 23, Sunday

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: Free

No Experience Required


In celebration of the Bicentennial of Monson, we are offering a series of 3 Monson Memories workshops with Maine writer and storyteller, Peggy Yocom. With storytelling prompts and writing exercises, she will help you discover the stories you have to tell, and then guide you as you bring your stories to the page. Anyone willing to talk about their experiences in Monson is encouraged to join. Workshops will take place on May 15, July 17, and Oct 23 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. There is no fee for these workshops, but registration is required. You may attend one, two, or all three workshops, though the content in each will be similar. In addition to the formal workshop, drop-in sessions will be offered throughout the summer at varying times with volunteers available to help you refine your work.

In partnership with the Monson Historical Society, an anthology will be produced from these writings.

For Workshop participants, please bring the following: 

– Paper of any kind; bring what’s most comfortable for you.

– Pen / pencil; bring what’s most comfortable for you.

– A photograph of something or someone in the Monson area that means a great deal to you, or your memory of such a photo if you no longer have it.

– An object of any kind (or a photograph of it) that you treasure deeply, or your memory of such an object if you no longer have it.


Margaret “Peggy” Yocom holds a Ph.D in English and folklore from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is Co-founder of the American Folklore Society’s Creative Writing and Storytelling Section, and a founding member of Western Maine Storytelling. She tells legendary tales of the seen—and the unseen. She founded the Folklore Studies Program of George Mason University where she taught for 36 years; among her many courses, she offered “Living Words: Folklore and Creative Writing.” For her work at the university, the American Folklore Society awarded her the Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership. She has published on the Brothers Grimm, on the folk arts of political protest, on Inuit storytelling in northwest Alaska, on family folklore, and on the folk arts of Maine logging communities, especially on the Richard Family of Rangeley. Her book ALL KINDS OF FUR: Erasure Poems & New Translation of a Tale from the Brothers Grimm was published by Deerbrook Editions in 2018. Her poetry and non-fiction have also appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Beltway Poetry Journal, the anthology The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists, Friends Journal, and elsewhere. She makes her home with her geologist husband, John Slack, in Farmington and Rangeley.