Marking Your Milestones
Life Story Writing Workshops
Your life stories…two pages at a time
Are you wanting to write a memoir, but don’t know where to start?
Do you think you’re a bad writer or you just don’t like writing?
Does your life seem too busy to add something else?
Marking Your Milestones live, on-line life story writing workshops can help with all that.
Marking Your Milestones life story writing workshops use the Guided AutoBiography method of memoir writing, or GAB for short.
GAB is a semi-structured way to write about our lives. It uses a series of life themes – like major branching points in life, the role of money, and careers – to stir memories and present them as precious threads in the tapestry of our lives.
At each weekly workshop session, you will be given a theme to write about. Stories are usually about 1000 words or 2 typed pages. Don’t let that scare you, though. It’s amazing how quickly you can fill two pages once you get started writing.
Also each session you are presented with creative exercises to get memories flowing and to add richness to your stories. Plus, you will share a recent story with the other workshop participants and get gentle feedback, too. Great joy and satisfaction comes from sharing stories with others, and nobody will be taking a virtual red pen to your work. This isn’t school!
Writing your own life stories is fun and fulfilling because you’re writing about things you want to write about, and the stories are ones you know. You don’t have to know all the dates for when things happened either. If needed, a story can be placed during a time period, like elementary school or college, without stating the exact year or date.
Nearly everyone who participates in GAB finds the writing surprising easy, and nearly everyone also discovers they aren’t the bad writers they thought they were.
Marking Your Milestones workshops meet once a week for 5 weeks. Each session is about two hours long and takes place on the Zoom platform. Zoom is free to workshop participants, and it works similar to Skype. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, you and I can meet on Zoom before the first session to take care of that.
Your at-home writing time will vary, but a few hours each week is a reasonable amount of time to allow.
At the end of the workshop, you’ll have 5 individual stories about your life to share with family and friends. You might even have more since each theme will bring more than one event to mind, and you may want to write those remembrances, too.
Writing life stories using GAB is easy and fun, and with the themes provided you’ll discover a treasure trove of stories you want to write and share with others. Plus, the minimal time commitment brings big results.
Upcoming workshop: Marking Your Milestones 1 (Pilot Workshop), Summer 2020
Dates: Tuesdays, June 16 – July 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Cost: This 5-week pilot workshop is $45. All 5-week workshops after this one will be at the regular price of $167.
Class size: Limited to six participants.
Please contact me below if you have questions or if you want to register for a workshop. Once you are ready to register, I will invoice you through Paypal.
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