Learning to Write Your Life Story

Patti See and Bruce Taylor lead an upcoming memoir workshop series

Diana Peterson

Patti See & Bruce Taylor
Patti See & Bruce Taylor

Writing is how we capture our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and express them to others. Veteran Chippewa Valley writers Patti See and Bruce Taylor understand the importance of that process, so they  designed a series of workshops to help attendees discover their inner authors as they learn about life writing. One of See’s favorite quotes come from poet Muriel Rukeyser: “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”

We all have unique and valuable stories to share, and these workshops will provide the encouragement and skills necessary to put them down on paper. Topics covered in the series include autobiographies, blogs, family histories, journals, memoirs, and personal essays. The weekly seminars are designed for a range of experienced writers – beginner, intermediate, and advanced authors will all take away a new set of skills to improve their life writing abilities.

Taylor and See will co-lead each topic, bringing their own strengths and complementary styles to provide encouragement and guidance. Together they have 80 years of publishing experience to share. Each week will begin by studying examples of the writing topic followed by short writing assignments. The workshops will run 10am-noon on six Saturdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and Nov. 9. The workshops, sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, will be held at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. The workshop is limited to 20 attendees, so sign up early.


To sign up for the workshop, visit www.cvca.net/events/memoir-writing-a-six-session-workshop. The cost for the series is $119.