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CANCELLED – Memoir Writing with COMPAS Teaching Artist Jon Lurie

August 7, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lakewood Cemetery
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This event has been cancelled. All attendees were emailed on Friday, August 5 and will receive a full refund.

Join Lakewood as we welcome teaching artist Jon Lurie for this informative workshop on Memoir Writing. At Lakewood we are often sharing stories of those who are loved and missed, but this hands-on class will allow you to think more introspectively and focus on your own story. When Jon teaches memoir writing it is his goal to help participants develop a context for their lives.

Participants should come away with a better understanding of themselves, a deeper appreciation for their own rich histories, and a vision of how their personal narratives can be conveyed through writing.

About your instructor

Jon Lurie joined the COMPAS artists roster in 2008 following a two-decade stint as a print and radio journalist in Native American communities from Texas to Alaska. Lurie is a Minneapolis native who received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2006. His 2017 memoir, Canoeing with José, tells the story of a 1000-mile canoe trip from Minnesota to the sea. Lurie serves as director of the Mother of Waters Project, a youth outreach program that combines experiential learning with arts education focused on the health of Minnesota’s fresh water resources. He also teaches creative writing and experiential learning at Macalester College and the U of MN.

The Lakewood Garden Mausoleum

This event will meet in the beautiful Garden Mausoleum. Signs will be posted directing you to the event location or click here for GPS navigation through Google Maps. 

Event will take place primarily outdoors, with some indoor elements. Restrooms will be available in the Garden Mausoleum as well.

Signs will be posted to get you to the event site.


Parking is available on any of Lakewood’s roads. Please be mindful of narrow roadways and do not park on both sides of the street if two vehicles are not able to get through. We strongly encourage carpooling.

There is a bus stop outside of Lakewood’s gates, and then it is a short walk (about 2 city blocks) to the event location.

A bike rack is also available to the west of the main gate. There are no bike racks available near the event location – please do not lock bikes to trees. 

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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