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Tell Your Story – Memoirs

“Our lives are a pastiche of memories — good ones, bad ones, sad ones and blissful moments. We don’t need to be famous, or even infamous, to have an audience for our memories. We have children or grandchildren as eager readers for whatever memories we write down. Perhaps even strangers will want to read what we write,” writes Fred W. Wright, Jr. of the Tampa Bay Times.


Memoirs are a subject area of interest to many OLLI members as they aspire to portray the memories of their lives for future generations. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of options for capturing one’s memoirs.  They can be written, filmed on video, or even just a voice recording.  With all of these options, there are many ways to approach memoirs, but experts agree that to make the process manageable, a person should take it one step at a time, while making sure to stay true to their own voice.

The OLLIs at the University of South Florida and Eckerd College are just a few of the Osher Institutes that regularly offer classes in memoir writing to their members.  Carol Campbell, who teaches writing workshops for OLLI at the University of South Florida notes, “It’s amazing…We think we’re (losing) our minds at this stage in life, but things just come back. Memory is not as feeble as we think.”

Why not give writing your memoirs a try? Read more details in the full article in the Tampa Bay Times.

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