“To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice." ~ Kahlil Gibran
Zoom and IN PERSON SOON!
6 weeks: 9:15-11:30 am OR 6-8:15 pm
CAD$ 240 (max 8 participants)
document your family history
leave a personal or professional legacy
write your memoir
or just write for discovery and fun
Inspirational prompts develop your unique writer’s voice in a supportive environment, while learning about turning points, scene structure, point of view and metaphor. Write a two-page, theme-based story at home to read aloud the following week. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will have the tools to finish your writing project (as well as approximately 10,000 words on the page). No writing experience necessary.
Guided Autobiography (GAB) was developed by Dr. James Birren in the mid ‘70s at the University of Southern California. It has been used widely to help people of all ages to document their life stories, through a series of priming questions, turning points and life themes which are carefully sequenced and scaffolded.
Writing our autobiographical stories has many benefits for our psychological and physical well-being, including improved self-esteem and sense of belonging (Routledge et al., 2013), greater sense of purpose (McAdams & McLean, 2013; Birren & Svensson, 2013; Thornton & Collins, 2010) increased self-worth (Thornton & Collins, 2010) and decreased depression and anxiety (Birren & Svensson, 2013; Bohlmeijer et al., 2005). Working with our life stories – even if they are contradictory – provides access to new meaning and purpose. And listening to one another's stories in a supportive environment can trigger forgotten memories, allowing for new reflections and insights. Sharing emotional material creates strong affective bonds between group members (Reker et al., 2014) and a change in attitudes toward self and others (Reker et al., 2012; Thornton & Collins, 2007).
If you would like to access my master's research project documenting the impacts of GAB on life satisfaction and meaning in life (which includes the studies noted above) , please email me.