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Afternoon Workshop: Melba Tolliver: ...and then I was born

  • 23 Sep 2017
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Palmer Library - See Contact Page for directions


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Afternoon Workshop

You must be 18 Years of age or older to attend this workshop

 ...and then I was born

Melba Tolliver

The world was already in play the day each of us was born.  What was happening anywhere on the planet the year, month, day, hour and place when you came on the scene?   Try this web site: then type in you DOB and see what was happening in the world that day.  You may be surprised!

Attendees are asked to bring materials related to their birth date, i.e. documents, photos, news headlines, magazine covers, movie promos….  Also samples of work by their favorite writers and samples of their own writing.

I will show how I use this birth date information in my memoir-in-progress.  I will also show examples of how writers of memoir, journalism and fiction have woven world events into their work. 

One of the takeaways from this workshop is to recognize some of the ways we provide context for the stories we tell, making them more textured, layered and richer.


Melba Tolliver is a writer and former television news reporter and anchor. Her three decades long broadcast career included stints at WABC-TV Eyewitness News, WNBC-TV NewsCenter 4, News 12 Long Island, and The Food Channel. USA Today, The Akron Beacon Journal, Good Housekeeping, Black Sports, Networking magazine and other publications have featured her writing.  As writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York and Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Tolliver has taught courses in women and media, and the media and news language.

Her awards and honors include: John B. Russwurm award/the New York Urban League; Matrix Award in Broadcasting/New York Women in Communication;  Lifetime Achievement award/New York Association of Black Journalists; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters/Malloy College, Westbury, New York.

Tolliver lives in Bangor, PA, and is currently at work on Accidental Anchorwoman: Choice, Chance and Change, a memoir.

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