Memoir Writing: Writing About Your Life One Story at a Time

Course Leaders
Day of Week: Wednesday
Course Length: 10 weeks
Starting: 09/22/2021
Ending: 12/08/2021
Period of Day: Period 1
Course Fee: $100.00
Nonstandard times: 9:30 - 11:15

Course Description:

Has a family member or friend ever said, “You should write these stories down!” The memories of our lives are precious; they are entertaining and instructive and are a gift to those who urge you to write, as well as to yourself. The hardest part is getting started, to facilitate that we draw on two sources: a themed circle of the high points, and current events in your life, past and or present. Writers are free to use both suggestions because we are living history—these are tumultuous times that deserve to be recorded. Future generations will want to know how we dealt with the Covid 19 pandemic as well as what effect climate change has had on us, and perhaps our first day of school or our career. Our focus is not on the mechanics of writing but rather on the impact of events on our lives. Time is allowed for positive supportive comments and suggestions. Each class ends with a ten minute write with a prompt drawn from themes that have emerged from the cross-pollination of ideas that have been presented.

We begin class with a quick check-in and move to a reading of each writer’s life story. Time is allowed for positive supportive comments and suggestions. Each class ends with a ten minute write with a prompt drawn from themes that have emerged from the cross-pollination of ideas that have been presented.

At least two hours of preparation can be expected each week.

Books and Other Resources:

Draft #4: On the Writing Process, by John McPhee (helpful, but not required)

Course Leader Bio(s)

Myrna Rybczyk

I am a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a major in Music Therapy, I worked for over 4 years as a Visiting Therapist at the McClean Hospital, during that time I was Assistant Director of Orchard Home for Girls ( a branch of N.E. Home for Little Wanderers.) Following that, I taught choral and band music at Monadnock Regional HS, NH. and then became Head Music Therapist at Medfield State Hospital for 4 years. I have taught piano and voice lessons for over fifty years in my studio and am Director of Music at Church of Christ UCC in Millis, where I live. I began memoir writing with Carol McNamee in 2017 and subsequently became Class Leader in 2018.

I am currently engaged in the early stages of finding a publisher for a memoir I have written regarding Boston police corruption in the early 1960s.