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Lifewriting - Virtual Program

LIFEWRITING – Virtual Program

“I was here and these are some of my stories”



This 6-session course gives you the opportunity and inspiration to reflect on some of the memorable incidents in your life. No special writing skills are needed, just a desire to tell your stories. We will discuss ways to make scenes from your life vivid and interesting to read. The goal is not publication; rather, you will create a montage of experiences to be appreciated not only by you but also by those who come after you. The facilitator responds individually to each of your written pieces in between classes. This authorly space is low in risk and high in satisfaction.



LIFEWRITING Season 1 is designed for those who are new to Lifewriting.

LIFEWRITING Season 2 is designed for those who have completed Season 1 or have taken other memoir writing courses.



About the instructor

Dr. Linda Steinman, a Senior Scholar at York University in Toronto, has been an adult educator for 40 years and is bringing her Lifewriting course to JCC for the second year.




Linda Steinman presented such a rich variety of options to choose from, that inspired at the same time as they encouraged writing. Her connection with the participants was open, free and warm. What a wonderful lecturer!

Erica O.


This course surpassed my expectations. The classes are aimed not at achieving perfection but at encouraging writing, easing its flow. The participants' stories are privately submitted by email and the feedback the teacher returns are a true gem; you'll see she doesn't just write anything quickly to tell you 'the story it's good and keep writing' kind of thing, she analyses the text in depth and will tell you what you didn't even know you wrote. Her feedback to the stories has a weight comparable to the class itself. If you feel unmotivated, uninspired, overwhelmed or if you're having writer's block, I recommend this course so you can start writing again.

Ebe Stivelberg


For registration, please click on the link below



Questions? Please contact Andrea at [email protected]

Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18+
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