Understanding our Stories (LifeWriting for Seniors)

An Autobiographical Adventure

Exploring our life stories from the perspectives afforded by age helps us to better understand the value of those experiences, leading to improved health and resiliency.

During this six-week workshop series (3 hours per session) designed especially for seniors, author and freelance writer, Deborah Carr will show how the techniques employed in the craft of writing and storytelling can help us explore, examine and embrace the nature of our own personal stories.  Each workshop builds upon the one previous so participants should commit to attend all six sessions.

See the coverage of this workshop on Global TV.

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What you will learn:

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Sessions 1 & 2 – Exploring our Stories

We will learn the art of creative journaling, using various techniques to capture images, thoughts, emotions and experiences. We will practice exercises designed to generate original, creative thought and turn journal entries into a goldmine of writing material.

Session 3 & 4 – Examining our Stories

During this workshop, we will discuss the necessary elements of a story and how to turn an experience or memory into a story with deeper levels of meaning. We will talk about openings and endings, point of view, use of metaphor, story layers, characters, setting and structure.

Sessions 5 & 6 – Embracing our Stories

In the final session, we examine the wider view of life and try to identify turning points, common threads, roles and defining values. This wider view applies a sense of structure to the flow of their life experiences, and is a helpful organizational template if they wish to compile their stories into a longer work. Regardless of their individual aims, this process gives participants a better understanding of the richness of their experiences, and a lingering awareness that they still have much to share and contribute.

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ERMAWho Should Take this Workshop

The workshops are designed for adults 55 and older.  

No writing experience is necessary. The workshops are suitable for those who do not currently write, as well as those who have been putting their thoughts on the page for some time. Participants will benefit from the practice, techniques and interaction with others.