Writing Memoir — Letting our Senses Guide our Stories

Use the five senses to recall meaningful life memories and write about them. Recall memorable moments worth writing about to create your personal life map. Open your mind to new perspectives on writing memoirs. Register today.

Key Program Information
Categories Continuing Education | Youth and Community Programs | Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Community Classes for Adults

Who Should Attend

No formal writing experience is necessary, just a desire to write.

Person holding a pen over a blank notebook.

Program Description

Learn how to write a memoir.

Tell me something you know by heart.

What can you celebrate right now?

Describe someplace where you store things.

These are just a few of the prompts used in this beginning memoir writing class that explores a variety of in-class experiences and exercises to help you rediscover life moments worth writing about. Using music, art, movement - and a little food now and then - we will explore ways to let our senses guide us as we work to tell our stories.

No formal writing experience is necessary, just a desire to write. You will begin by creating a “life map” that starts with your first memory and leads to a collection of other meaningful memories. The goal is to discover new perspectives on your own experiences that open your mind to the most memorable parts of your lives.

Features /benefits the program offers:

  • A focus on senses (tastes, sounds, images, and textures) to help trigger memories
  • Development of a “life map” to highlight meaningful experiences
  • Organization of thoughts and memories to create a centralized theme
  • Identification of goals for current and future writing
  • Increased confidence and audience awareness in writing

Students have the option to bring a laptop or tablet to write with, use a journal or just pencil and paper. How you write is up to you!


Karen Peterson Welch is retired from the UW-Eau Claire English Department and has over thirty years of experience teaching writing in classrooms, writing centers and at seminars and workshops.