Write Your Life Story

life story
Rhonda Crosbie successfully completed her book writing course in 2020.

Have you ever thought about writing your life story? Everyone has a unique story, and everyone’s story is worth being told. Life stories can become treasured family legacies. There are many times when we wished we asked our parents or our grandparents something about their lives. By writing your life story future generations will learn about your life and your life will not be forgotten.

Elizabeth Sequeira, the tutor of the Life Stories Class at Learning in the Hills, said there is no right or wrong way to tell your story and there is no magic formula. She said you need some structure, somewhere to start and something to guide you through the process. This is the key benefit of joining a Life Stories class. Each week they focus on a different aspect of a person’s life like school days, parents and use worksheets to answer questions and prompt memories. The information from these worksheets are the basis for writing your story. Last year, one of the students completed two stories, one about her own life and one about her late husband’s life. She said: “Writing your life story is a gift you can give to generations of families not yet born. It is also a gift to yourself to embrace the past, not only the good times but the hard times as you acknowledge what you have learned on the journey of life. In the process of writing, you learn about yourself and how you got to where you are. Who knows, perhaps these hard-earned life lessons may even be of help to somebody who reads about them.”

Learning in the Hills is run by Hills Community Aid for nine weeks each term on Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:45am at Balcombe Heights Estate. The next class starts on Thursday, February 4. Details: 96397918 or learninginthehills@hca.org.au.

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