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Preserving Family Stories

Are you looking for a creative way to connect with your family history? Through writing prompts and education of family story preservation, participants will explore their family’s stories to build connection during a time of isolation.

Key Program Information

This class meets online Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 pm for four weeks - February 3, 10, 17, and 24.

Connect with your family through story

As we navigate living through a historic time, finding ways to connect with family members is essential. Exploring family stories and documenting them for future generations can help us feel connected when we can not physically be together. We all have stories to tell whether they seem insignificant or monumental. This program is for writers of all skill levels who are interested in documenting their own family stories. Learn how to identify memories, explore ways to tell stories, and practice writing through guided assignments. At the end of this program, you will have a draft of your own family story.

image of a person writing in a notebook

Who should attend

Anyone interested in connecting with their family story through writing.


  • Patti See, Academic Skills Center

    Patti See’s collection of essays about life in the Chippewa Valley, Here on Lake Hallie: In Praise of Barflies, Fix-it-Guys, and Other Folks in Our Hometown, was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2022. Her other work has appeared in Salon Magazine, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Wisconsin Academy Review, The Southwest Review, HipMama, Inside HigherEd, as well as many other magazines and anthologies.  She is the co-editor  (with Bruce Taylor) of Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College, 3rd edition, and a poetry collection, Love’s Bluff. Her award-winning blog “Our Long Goodbye:  One Family’s Experiences with Alzheimer’s” has been read in over 100 countries.  She writes a monthly column for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Sawdust Stories, for which she earned first place in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's Annual Better Newspaper Contest. She is also a frequent contributor to Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio. She works as an academic advisor at UW-Eau Claire.
    This Chippewa Falls native lives in Lake Hallie with her husband, the writer Bruce Taylor.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages individuals with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

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Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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