Guided Autobiography

Have you tried writing your life story, only to get overwhelmed, or lose steam? The unfinished work floats around your desk, on your computer, gets lost in a drawer of papers. You keep meaning to get back to it, but you never do.

How about pushing it forward—with the support and encouragement of others?

In my Guided Autobiography class, you’ll write six to eight short but meaningful stories about your life, each on a different theme. You’ll receive support, structure, and encouragement in the safety of a small group. You’ll explore themes and be asked questions that will “prime the pump” to summon up memories of events that you may think you’ve forgotten, but in the process of remembering, come back in vivid detail.

Writing tips are offered, but it’s not a creative writing class. It’s about sharing stories, and revisiting episodes in your your life. Thinking back helps you move forward. Amazing and true.

This multi-session class uses the well-tested Guided Autobiography model taught by the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, where I trained as an instructor.

Guided Autobiography is fun, supportive, and surprisingly powerful! Classes are forming now; please contact me for more information.


• Jan. 16-Feb. 20, 2019: Freeport (RSU5) Community Services: “Write Your Life Story—2 Pages at a Time” Find out about it here.

• Starting in January, 2019: Cape Elizabeth Community Services: “Guided Autobiography.” Six weekly sessions, either afternoon OR evening. More info coming soon!