First time

Six Word Memoir

Love this idea! and will use it in my classes as an icebreaker …

Here’s Larry Smith introducing how the Six Work Memoir idea grew from story telling with his grandfather, to Hemingway, to become a Smith Magazine phenomenon.

Six Word Memoir.  You say you don’t have enough time to write your memoir?  Larry Smith has the answer for you – write it in six words!  Actually, that can be deceptively hard, but still fun.  Go to this YouTube of Smith giving a Tedx Talk about how the six word memoirs began.

Guided Autobiography in NY Times

Here’s a link to a recent article in the NY Times on the power of life review writing for older adults. The Guided Autobiography program is mentioned prominently, and it was through the Birren Centre with Cheryl Svennson that i received my facilitator training.

The power of story writing and sharing in a small group is the essence of the Guided Autobiography model, and while it was developed with older adults in mind, I’m looking forward to using it in other settings too eg intergenerational groups, those approaching retirement. Please check back to see how my journey into Guided Autobiography unfolds.


What does one write on the first blog page of your first ever webpage at the age of 65?

Well, I’ve become quite captured by the stories of peoples lives  …… here we are, all walking around on the planet living our lives, day by day, year by year, surrounded by family and friends, just doing the best we can with what we’ve got, and in the end, or by the middle, what does it all amount to? Who are we? What is our story?

What cards were we dealt, how good or bad a hand did we get in the roulette of birth,

…. place, time and parents?

What landscape did we grow up in? Where was ‘home’?

Who were the cast of characters that surrounded us in our childhood?

How did we progress into adolescence and beyond? Gracefully, awkwardly …. ?

Were we healthy? wealthy?

What achievements, or disappointments?

We are such rich troves of life experience, and we are the true experts on ourselves, and no one knows us like we do, so lets make a record of that ‘truth’ so that its not lost …

Lets do Guided Autobiography, not alone, but with others, writing about life major themes, and then comparing notes and stories, to witness each others lives, and to be heard and witnessed by others. It works, it really works with some care and attention,

and that is what I hope i can help you do