Attending a Guided Autobiography Workshop is a great way to get started writing. This proven process helps you give your story the depth and meaning you may otherwise miss. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have many stories, each a legacy keepsake.
Guided Autobiography (GAB) was developed by Dr. James Birren of UCLA and has been taught for the past 30 years with participants ranging from college students to the elderly. Guided by a trained instructor, participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events that were once sharply remembered, but have become less focused with time. At the beginning of each session, I will present various creative writing techniques to help stimulate stories and revive memories.
Participants are asked each week to write two pages based on the week’s theme. After the large group session, the class is divided into small groups to share their stories. Strong bonds are often developed with fellow guided autobiographers through the sharing in small groups. Participants also gain perspective by sharing their stories and listening to the stories written by others. In addition, listening to the others stories often helps to stimulate other memories that participants may want to write about. Participants learn to empathize and appreciate their uniqueness as well as their similarities with others and, in the process, learn more about themselves and leave a written legacy for their family.
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