Would you like to share stories of the events and people in your life with your family, but haven’t found the time or don’t know how to begin? The Guided Autobiography workshop offered through ArtsNow/uLearn program at Edmonds Community College is designed to provide the structure and support to help you recall and appreciate your life stories.
The class will be held at the Edmonds Conference Center in downtown Edmonds from 3-5:30 p.m. for eight Tuesdays, April 19-June 7. All levels of writing skill are welcome, including those with no prior writing experience. Each week, class members will explore a life theme, such as The Major Branching Points of Your Life, that has been influential in shaping their lives. Participants also write a minimum of two pages at home.
Each class includes interactive discussions of life themes and use of creative tools and perspectives to engage memories and inspire writing. The second hour of each class the larger group divides into small groups in which participants read their story and receive supportive feedback from one another.
The class instructor is Joanne M. Horn, an experienced human relations consultant who is director of Second Half Connections. Horn provides workshops and discussion groups aimed at promoting renewed meaning and direction in the second half of life. She has earned a certificate of instructor training from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies as well as certificates of Geriatric Mental Health and Memoir Writing from the University of Washington. In addition, Horn provides services for the Northwest Center for Creative Aging and is writing her memoirs.
Cost is $159 for the eight-week class. Register by phone at 425-640-1243 or online at www.edcc.edu/artsnow.