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Photos and memoir writing

January 3, 2015

Tags: Guided Autobiography, memoir writing

Art Begins with a Story: Pat McNees, brief video of me talking about how looking at photos can help remember what went on in your life, which is handy when you are involved in memoir writing (plus, it helps you figure out where in the text to put the pictures, and what to write in the captions--which is all some people read!).

My next workshop at the Writer's Center in Bethesda:
Guided Autobiography
https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353&nccsm=21&__nccspID=4081

Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:15 P.M.-9:45 P.M.
Dates: 1/14–2/18
Location: 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Workshop Leader: Pat McNees

James Birren developed the simple but effective process of Guided Autobiography Each week, including the first week, participants will write and read aloud a two-page story from their life based on a theme (for example, Money, Love). The idea: to help you (and your survivors) see the patterns in your life. First week's assignment: the Major Branching Points of Your Life. (Participants will receive a handout with from the Pat when they sign up, and before the start date.)

“And it’s a human need to be told stories.
The more we’re governed by idiots
and have no control over our destinies,
the more we need to tell stories to each other
about who we are, why we are, where we come from,
and what might be possible.”
— Alan Rickman