What would you give to have the written stories of your great-grandparents? To learn what it was like to live through a civil or world war and to get their reactions to the political and cultural changes you read about in history books? Learn to write your stories to leave for your descendants. Classes in Writing Your Life are offered by Linda Jump at Brevard County churches, nursing facilities, libraries and senior centers. Some students have continued for more than a year to complete their life’s stories, and a few have become published authors.

Linda Jump teaches memoir-writing classes that help people write their life.
Linda Jump teaches memoir-writing classes that help people write their life.

The classes combine a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and several hands-on activities. Sometimes, students work as a group and other times, individually.

Homework is assigned, with the expectation that students write short stories about their lives, using their choice from dozens of question prompts. Students read their stories to the class members, who offer suggestions for improvement. The classes become a support group as members learn to edit and help each other. These classes will assist you to complete your life’s story as a legacy for family members and descendants.

Current and former students also meet regularly to share and edit one another’s stories as part of the Jump Jotters.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO LEARN AND DO?

Write a five or six-word memoir that might title your finished work.
Discover strategies to get started.
Learn how to prepare your manuscript.
Know to organize your stories.
Learn writing tips.
Hone your editing skills.
Learn details about other people’s lives while sharing details of your own life.
Write compelling first sentences with a hook.
Create ways to jog your memory.
Learn some publishing options for your memoir.

Registration forms

Write Your Life, March 18-27, 2014, DeGroodt Library

Writing Your Life, March 20-April 10, 2014, Shepherd’s Center of South Brevard

Click on events in the calendar below for details about times and locations.

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