How to Write an Autobiography,
Life Story or Memoir
Sounds intimidating, doesn't it? The good news--it is easy and fun! Join a workshop and learn how to write stories from your life. Our workshops offer:
- Instruction on storytelling and basic tools and techniques
- Memory-prompting exercises, to get stories flowing
- Enjoyable discussions and idea sharing
- Sharing of writing "homework"
- A peer group to support and encourage you
What happens in a workshop?
Our mutli-week workshops introduce a new theme each week. We explore the theme in discussion, questions and fun exercises. At home, you write a one to two page story from your life on that theme.
The next week, you will have time to listen to and share stories in a small, friendly group setting. This gives you feedback, direction and encouragement as you write your stories.
Who are these "How to Write an Autobiography,
Life Story or Memoir" workshops designed for?
Honestly, they are designed for any adult who is willing to listen to, write and share stories from their life. You do not need to be a writer--you just need to be willing to draft your stories in your words.
What if my stories aren't very interesting or if I don't write very well?
Much of our focus is discovering your stories, and then telling them in an interesting way. You will see there is no shortage of interesting things to say!
One thing you can do that no other person can do is write in your voice! We will explore basic ways to make your writing better, but our true focus is on saving and sharing your stories, in your own unique story-telling style.
What kind of themes do we explore?
While each workshop varies a bit according to the interests of participants, we generally cover:
- Your significant relationships
- Places you have lived
- Challenges you faced
- Choices you made
- Your place in history
Where and when are the workshops?
How much do they cost?
Classes are held throughout Cincinnati. Costs vary by location. You can see the current class schedules here.
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