Events and Classes

Memoir-Writing Workshops

My in-person or Zoom workshops teach participants a comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fun method of exploring the times of their lives against a backdrop of historical events. I lead them on a wild gallop through recent times to fifty-years ago, exploring how they made a difference, what they contributed, what they witnessed, and how they can share their stories with others. They learn how to access buried memories through interactive techniques, sharing exercises, and non-critical discussion. They hear great stories from others and recount their own.

Based on my book “Making History: how to remember, record, interpret and share the events of your life”, the workshops are customized to cover the past fifty years or the last two. I’ve been teaching these workshops for over twenty years, at historical societies, genealogical societies, senior centers, and many others. For more detailed information and comments from past participants, click here.

If you are lucky, you may know some of the stories of your parents or grandparents – and if you’re really lucky even further back. These stories connect you to the past, the future, and the world itself. Now it’s your turn to share your own stories, about times that will affect us all. There will be your future descendants who will want to know how their ancestors dealt with the difficult times of their lives, especially the years 2020 and 2021.

I have been a ghostwriter for over 20 years, ghostwriting 50+ memoirs during that time. I know how important they are, and I also know they are often difficult to write. When I was ghostwriting, I always prepared a list of questions, both detailed and general, that I asked my clients during our interviews so I could capture their stories in their own words. I often share many of those questions to people who attend my workshops.  

If you or your group or organization is interested in attending or hosting a workshop, please contact me at [email protected].

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
– Henry David Thoreau