Turn memories into memoirs and past experiences into the present with well-crafted stories, poems, novels, plays or songs. Creative writing classes with Cynthia Linzy begin on Jan. 4 at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center.

Sessions will be held 10-11 a.m. and 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays for children ages 8-12.

Adult writing classes will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10-11:30 a.m. Fridays.

The cost for the classes is $35.

Attendees should bring a composition book or journal.

Widely published and acclaimed poet Cynthia Linzy will lead visualization exercises, easy writing prompts, and useful writing examples to create strong writing with careful word choice and other effective writing techniques.

Join this group of informal writers and discover a unique writing style in a relaxed, informal, supportive class atmosphere. Classes include individual critique of your work and suggested sources for publication if desired. Both new and experienced writers are welcome, as well as visual artists wanting to learn how to paint with words.

As writer-in-residence for the Texas Commission on the Arts, Linzy has taught numerous workshops and performed many readings throughout Texas.

Her poems have been published in literary magazines and have been set to music and performed on PBS. Her libretto for the oratorio “For All Mankind” was performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Temple Civic Chorus, and she served as poetry editor of the Balcones Magazine.

As a certified English, Spanish, and E.S.L. teacher, she has taught both children’s and adult creative writing for Temple College, Central Texas College, and the Centro de Estudios Interamericanos in Cuenca, Ecuador.

The Cultural Activities Center is located at 3011 N. Third St. in Temple.

Acting classes

Young actors will develop theater skills and perform in a live production of “The Miracle Worker” in Taking the Stage acting classes at the Cultural Activities.

Held 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursdays, the 10-week class starts Jan. 5 and will culminate in a show for the public on March 10.

Cost is $65 per month for ages 8-18.

After teaching theater at One Day Academy in Temple, instructor Angela Everett is excited about taking children onto the stage of the CAC’s Mayborn Auditorium. Using her expertise and experience in acting, she will cover theater fundamentals including projection, characterization, blocking, creativity, auditioning, and much more.

Everett has 36 years of acting experience and 14 years of directing experience.

The Cultural Activities Center is located at 3011 N. Third St. in Temple.

For information on upcoming events, other classes or to register for a class, visit cacARTS.org or call 254-773-9926.