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For those who are interested, the Library regularly offers a 5-Week Guided Autobiography (GAB) Seminar led by Julie Feibush. These classes are limited to 5 participants, and are open to library card holders. To check if we are currently offering a GAB Seminar, visit our online calendar.

Workshop Description
Begin writing your life story two pages at a time, using in-class activities and weekly themes to stimulate memories and structure your writing. No previous writing experience is necessary.

This course creates a comfortable environment for students of all levels. Beginners appreciate the simple tips designed to stimulate their writing. More experienced writers welcome the regular assignments that keep them moving forward. Participants share their weekly two page vignettes in small groups and provide mutual support and encouragement.

Who Should Attend this Class?
Anyone who wants to leave a written legacy, start a memoir, gain perspective on a life transition, or is otherwise interested in exploring their life through the medium of story.

What is Guided Autobiography?
Guided Autobiography was developed 40+ years ago by James Birren Ph.D., founding dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and founding director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. A pioneer in gerontology research, his work is carried on through the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, which trains instructors worldwide.

About the Instructor
Julie Feibush’s career has spanned professional writing, research, and editing in many forms. With a background in social service and healthcare organizations, Julie specialized in program development and grants management. Now, as a certified Guided Autobiography instructor, Julie turns her lifelong interest in the craft of writing towards helping others cultivate their own writing practice through guided autobiography.