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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

Workshop: Writing Life Stories

Workshop: Writing Life Stories

Events

Event Date:
Tuesday, September 26 2017
Time:
6:00PM

What is the event about?

You will gain insight about how the guided autobiography process works. After an exercise and priming questions, you write. You then share this story with the supportive group. Rather than offer critiques, fellow students give only encouragement. Confidentiality is required. No writing experience necessary.

1-day workshop (3 hours) $50, Invite-A-Friend and get 50% off. Group Discounts Available.

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What is Writing Life Stories?

Writing Life Stories helps people document their personal journey and share it with others. Students take this class primarily to leave a legacy for their loved ones and to know more about themselves.

Unlike memoir writing classes, students don’t need to write hundreds of pages based on chronology. A trained instructor offers priming questions to participants that evoke memories of pivotal events in their lives. Then students write 1-2 pages about carefully chosen themes. During the 4-week course, students write at home, return to class to learn more about the topic and read their stories aloud to a small, supportive group. Rather than offer critiques, fellow students give only encouragement.

This landmark method is based on guided autobiography, which has been taught at USC and UCLA for over 30 years and has been used with thousands of college students, professionals and retirees. Extensive research has proven that while on this exploration, participants gain increased resilience and self-confidence, compassion for others and a greater appreciation of their own lives.