We are happy to offer story-readings free of charge to community and civic organizations, schools and universities, religious meetings, gatherings in private homes, or for any group that is interested in the topic of racial healing – and of course at bookstores.
Most of our stories can be read in 10-15 minutes. A 1-1/2 to 2 hour reading typically consists of a brief introduction and explanation of our travels, two stories each by Gene and Phyllis, and time for questions and discussions. For shorter timeframes, the authors will read one story each, and/or the discussion period can be shortened or eliminated, although our preference is for the audience to have the opportunity to share their thoughts. Extra time will be required if a book signing is included in the program. We are very flexible and can adapt our presentation to any requirements you may have. The stories in Longing are suitable for adults and mature youth. Please contact us with any questions.
Longing: Stories of Racial Healing is a collection of anecdotes describing situations in which the authors struggled with the racial conditioning that affected their relationships, mainly with African-Americans. Readers of these stories may relate to the challenges described and have questions or ideas they wish to talk about with others. Our workshops, structured around the incidents related in Longing, are designed to provide an opportunity for people of all ethnic backgrounds to address these issues in greater depth. In a workshop session, stories from the book are read and discussed, and interactive exercises are used to help people find increased clarity about thoughts and feelings that might have surfaced during the reading and dialogue. The goal of a workshop is for participants to gain new understanding that can be applied in everyday life. Our workshop format is appropriate for adults and mature youth.
Half-day workshop: 4 hours, either morning or afternoon
Full-day workshop: typically from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch (brown bag lunches work well).
Please contact us for workshop fees and scheduling.