Academy of Lifelong Learning

Writing About a Life: Yours or an Ancestor’s - Session 2

Warren Beaven


Tuesdays, October 25 – December 6 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm 

Lecture/Discussion/Group Sharing

* No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

*This course is limited to 24 participants.


This course is designed to encourage you to write about your life, an important person in your life, or the life of a long-deceased family member. It will focus on building a timeline of the person’s life, creating a setting for the person’s life, using all five senses in your writing, editing and revising, and ways of sharing what you have written. The end result will be an essay or a short story about someone you have known so that other people – including your family members – can learn more about the person you are describing. Starting with the second class, participants will be asked to bring a sample of what they have written, even if it is incomplete. The goal is to start writing, so that your memories and experiences do not die with you. This is a follow-up to my courses on genealogy and family history research, but it is not limited to people with this interest. People who participated in Ann Sirna’s writing classes may also be interested in this course.