Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life led by Ken Garfield

  • October 17, 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • On Zoom
  • 7


  • Special price for members

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Charlotte Writers' Club North is hosting this obituary-writing workshop via Zoom. When you register for this workshop, you will receive the meeting link in the reminder emails.

Can you sum up your life story in seven words?  In this workshop, Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life, you will learn about the importance of telling your stories. 

Ken Garfield a former Charlotte Observer writer, editor and columnist, will talk about writing obituaries, a calling that has spanned a decade. He’ll share the experience of capturing a life in 600 words and the challenge of helping people appreciate what defined their time on earth. He will share examples of obituaries he has written and the experience of sitting amongst the grieving. And there will be time for questions.

Garfield is a writer/editor who helps charitable causes tell their stories. He edits books, writes for various publications near and far and writes obituaries, helping people celebrate their life and legacy. He has expanded that niche to write biographies for those eager to articulate who they are and what matters to them. His latest project is writing 300-word profiles of Charlotte's Holocaust survivors  for Charlotte magazine. 

Ken spent 21 years as a reporter, editor and columnist with The Charlotte Observer, including a decade as religion editor, where he covered such saints and sinners as Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and an Elvis lookalike who sold “miracle water” in emptied-out milk cartons.

In all, Garfield has spent 31 years in the newspaper business. He has published several books, including a biography of Billy Graham. He has written for The New York Times, Charlotte magazine, SouthPark magazine and other publications and leads writing workshops.

A native of Woodmere, NY, he and his wife, Sharon, live in Charlotte. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Sharon owns Traditions, a furniture and accessories shop at Park Road Shopping Center. Ken’s “home” office is in the back, by the bathrooms.



Charlotte Writers' Club  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222-0954

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