Fall-Winter 2023 Workshops


Next Meeting: December 4

Join me for this free monthly event for reminiscence writers. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback from like-minded people. Listeners welcome as well as readers.

When: First Monday of every month (except holidays), from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Join us in person at the Pinney Library Community Room, 516 Cottage Grove Rd.
Free. No advance registration required. Food and beverages are welcome!

Want to see what kind of stories are shared? Visit my blog, True Stories Well Told. I am currently featuring writers who have shared their work at First Monday, First Person.

Going Deeper with Guided Autobiography

In Person, offered through Madison College, 6 weeks starting October 18 or 26

In this workshop, participants go deeper into the Guided Autobiography (GAB) process pioneered by Dr. James Birren.

In “Going Deeper with Guided Autobiography,” we cover more of GAB’s nine themes: healthy/body, gender identity, experiences/ideas about death, and spiritual life and values. Students are in complete control of what they write and share; no one is pressured to read more than they are comfortable sharing with the group. The GAB method places more emphasis on self-development than writing craft. Participants should have completed “Introduction to Guided Autobiography” or a comparable workshop.

When: two options!
10/18 – 11/22, Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 — register for Class #33580
10/26 – 12/7, Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 (skip Thanksgiving) — register for Class #33765

Where: Truax-Early Learning Center Rm 156
Fee: $125
To register: Click here for a registration form; enter class # for the option you choose. Or call 608.258.2301, Option 2.

Start Writing Your Life Story

In Person, offered through Arts + Lit Labe, 6 weeks starting October 24

The stories of our lives connect generations and communities. Whether you want to share your own life experiences or pass on your family’s stories, this workshop will help you get started and stay motivated.

Each week we’ll discuss aspects of writing from life, including wordcraft, storytelling techniques, organizing your project, and the complications of writing about living people. If you’ve taken Guided Autobiography but are looking for more storycraft instruction, this workshop delivers what you need.

Suggested themes and prompts will help you write 2-3 pages each week. Class sessions include time to share what you’ve written in a supportive environment. You’ll leave with lots of ideas to keep you writing. Attendees should bring paper and pen/pencils for in-class exercises.

10/24 – 11/28, Tuesday afternoons 3:30-5:30
Where: Arts + Lit Lab, 111 S. Livingston Street, on the Mezzanine
Fee: $168
To register: Click here

Workshops not for you?
Try individualized memoir coaching

I help you write and share your life stories, coaching you as you write a compelling story from your memories. Throughout, I’m at your side to help you get started and stay motivated. Print-on-demand makes it possible to share your story with just a small circle or offer it to the world.

Intrigued? Got questions? I have answers! Let’s talk.