What is the Write Your Life Story Workshop?
Our lives are full of experiences, adventures, and events that shaped
who we are today. Unless we write about these events, they may be
forgotten or never known by our families, children, and loved ones.
In the Write Your Life Story, Two Pages at a Time, you explore carefully
selected life themes.
In this workshop, we use Guided Autobiography, a semi-structured process
developed by Professor Emeritus James E. “Jim” Birren, the founding dean
of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and an aging research
pioneer considered by many to be the father of modern gerontology.
This program is open to those who want to capture their life stories to leave
behind for their families or do a life review for themselves. No writing
experience is required, written work will not be edited or critiqued, and
there is no pressure to publish finished stories.
In this unique program, you write from the heart on themes carefully
selected for your class. The goal of the class is to encourage, support,
and empower you to treasure and appreciate your life.
Led by a trained guided autobiography (GAB) instructor/guide, you spend
a bit of time doing some stimulating exercises to spark creativity and
self-learning. Then you talk about a commonly experienced life theme
such as turning points in your life, your family influences, your health, and
your work. There are several questions designed to trigger your memory
about your experience of this theme.
During the typical weekly format, a carefully selected theme is introduced
during class and for homework you write a two-page story about how you
experienced something connected to the theme. When you return to the
next class you read your story to the class after which each class member
gives positive comments about your story.
During the one-day intensive version, you are introduced to the process
and then guided in completing the writing and sharing of one theme.
The workshop was designed to be a 10-week program, but is offered in
a variety of formats and configurations. Workshops can be created as
one-day intensives, 3-hour introductory workshops, or four to ten week
programs. It depends on the goals of the hosting and sponsoring organization.
Look for dates of the upcoming workshops at the top right column on
How much are workshops?
Introductory versions may free to participants when sponsored by an organization.
Participants pay their own fees at independent and private events.
Workshops may be held at senior centers, libraries, 55+ communities,
continuing education centers, churches, private homes, and many other
types of venues. If you or your organization would like to host or sponsor
a workshop, contact Flora Brown at florabrown@gmail or by phone
Who participates in this workshop?
This workshop is right for you if
- you know you have a story and it’s time to tell it
- you have put off writing your life story for a long time
- you want to write your story, but aren’t sure how to start
- you are at a transition in your life where you’re leaving behind
the old and unfamililar and heading to something new and uncertain
- you seek the company of other like-minded people to share your story-writing experience
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Flora Morris Brown helps you capture your life stories. She delivers out-of-the-box insights and unique results. She is a Professor Emeritus from Fullerton College where she taught critical thinking for 20 years. She is the author of 12 books. Learn more on her author page at http://amazon.com/author/florabrown