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Sessions on writing, quilting to be held at Briggs Woods

Briggs Woods Park will be the site for two two-day workshops being offered by Legacy Learning in September.

Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 18 and 19 will give participants the opportunity to attend one of the two workshops designed to combine the beauty of Briggs Woods Park with two days immersed in learning the old skills. Participants can choose to learn quilting or how to create personal stories.

Jennifer Berte will be the instructor for Creating Your Personal Stories. The two-day session will consist of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with the instructor and writing exercises. Students in this workshop will gather together with the participants in the Legacy Artists and Writers Collaboration Quilting Workshop to share ideas, gain inspiration and obtain feedback on work.

Berte has a Masters in English and Creative Writing from Northwest Missouri State and has been writing since she was a child. She has been teaching writing at Iowa Central Community College for the past 14 years.

“People want to make sure their story is told, and this is what we are focusing on in this workshop,” she said. “How can we take the time to tell our story, where do we start and what do we want to share; these are the most often asked questions and we will address them.”

Legacy Learning officials said the workshop is appropriate for beginners, dabblers and for seasoned writers, too.

Students are asked to bring their favorite writing tool — pencils, paper, pen or computer. Paper will be provided if needed. All who attend will leave with a handcrafted bound journal made by a local artist from Arkansas.

The second class is entitled Quilting in Nature with Carmon Slater. Slater has served on the board of American Craft Council in New York City when the American Craft Museum was built across from the Museum of Modern Art. He has also served on the board of the National Circus Design Association, was the vice chair of the Iowa Arts Council, president of the Colorado Artist Craftsmen and was president of the Iowa Design and Crafts Association.

Slater’s program will consist of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with the instructor and an opportunity to make quilts with the option of adding expressive paint or other media. Students in the workshop will gather with participants in the writing workshop to share ideas, inspiration and obtain feedback.

Slater said he’s a third generation quilter. He’s a scientist by training, but has always been interested in the relationship between the creative components of science and of those of being an artist.

In this class, students will create their own fabrics, and people can play. Slater will bring lots of items for students to use. Attendees will be creating quilts by printing, adding color, applique, using the sun and dying.

The class will be piecing fabrics — some might be found fabrics, created fabrics and more. Quilt blocks will be very different and will not follow a pattern but will be free-form quilts.

The course is open to everyone.

There will be a gourmet meal Monday evening for participants of the two workshops. The group will also gather again at the end of the workshop to share accomplishments and celebrate the experience.

To register for the workshops, visit or call 888-832-0012 to register. Participants wishing to stay in one of cabins are asked to call Legacy Learning at the number above.