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.