Writing Your Story Class Begins Soon!

I’ve been spending some time with my mother lately. Well, not really my mother, but her words and thoughts from her high school diary. She wrote about her boyfriends and her courtship with Dad. She wrote about taking a cooking class and how much she hated school. It was so nice to have this, but I wanted to know more. Who was Henry? What did she like to read? Which of the 1934 movies she listed on the back pages did she like best and why? What kind of music did she listen to? What was a defining moment in her life? What did she want to do that she never was able to? What was it like raising us? The list goes on and on. I have the facts, but I would have liked to have more. Unfortunately for me, it’s too late.

Writing Your Story
Mom's Diary

I will again be teaching my Writing Your Story 5-week class beginning September 29 through the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville Indiana. Last October my “live” class was so much fun. I also taught this class online, but there is something about the “live” class dynamics that I love. It’s fun being with a group who not only share their own story (if they want to) but it’s great to see how a participant’s story will trigger another student’s memory.

This class is for anyone out there who wants to make sure their children and grandchildren won’t have unanswered questions. However, this class is not just for those who have children. Writing memoirs is for everyone. If you are in your twenties, thirties, or forties, this class will give you plenty of ideas for your personal essays while those memories are fresh!

Writing Your Story
Writing Your Story Class

You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy this class. Topics in this class and the memories they evoke, can be used to make scrapbook pages or even art journals. You can write as little or as much as you want. We won’t be covering those regular topics – births, vacations, or graduations since we all know those are important parts of our stories. We’ll write and talk about some of the other interesting and ordinary parts of our lives.

Here are some quotes from students of this class:

“Even though I’m a scrapbooker, I enjoyed this class. It gave me so many ideas for pages and really helped me with that journaling.” Sue

“The springboards were key in the process. They really do jump start the brain to bring up memories. You covered so much and I found I didn’t want the class to end! It has been a great class!” Sallyann M.

“The class was enlightening and fun. You gave me an opportunity to really look at things that most of us take for granted. Thank you again for a great month.” Janie

“You gave me the confidence to not just talk about, but write about my memories. Thanks for the fun class! T.M.

Don’t let your stories be lost forever. You have something to say! I sure wish Mom would have written her story for me. If you are in the Evansville Indiana area, I’d love to have you join this class.


Have you wanted to write your life story but didn’t know where or how to start? Would you like to create a written legacy for your family? In these five sessions you will learn how to get started, how to organize your work, and through simple fun exercises increase your ability to remember details of memories you want to pass on. No special writing skills are needed. Bring your favorite pen. Additional supplies are included.

Instructor: Lynda Heines, Certified Journaling Instructor

Dates & Time:  5 Wednesdays, September 29– October 27, 6:30– 8 pm

Location:  University of Southern Indiana, Rice Library, Room 0034

Registration Fee:  $55

To register, call 812/465-7061.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at heartwriting at wowway.com.