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Series features Titanic

“Titanic: Facts and Lore” will be the topic of the next William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime lecture.

Traci Manning, curator of education for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, will talk about the “unsinkable” ship, which hit an iceberg and capsized on its maiden voyage in 1912, and the prominent Youngstown family that was among its passengers. Manning has a bachelor’s degree in religion and Civil War-era studies from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree in applied history from Shippensburg University.

The program starts at 10 a.m. May 15 at Kravitz’s Deli meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Admission is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers, and reservations can be made by calling 330-726-8277.

Online playwriting class

Youngstown Playhouse will offer a playwriting workshop via Zoom starting May 16.

“Building a Great Story” will be led by Michael Dempsey, a professional director, actor-singer, novelist and playwright and a former network television and film comedy writer. The class will explore how principles of playwriting can apply to all forms of creative writing as well as business copywriting, marketing and branding.

Through group and individual sessions, participants will develop their storytelling techniques and create an original 10- to 15-minute piece, culminating in an invited reading on June 13.

The class meets 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays from May 16 through June 6. The cost is $75. Online registration is available at www.youngstownplayhouse.org, and the deadline for registration is May 14.

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