There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. –Mark Twain

Have you ever considered writing your own autobiography or perhaps sharing a few significant stories to preserve them for your loved ones?  Maybe you’d like to gather with others to reminisce and share stories and experiences from your past.  Participating in a Guided Autobiography Workshop may be just what you need to get started.

What Guided Autobiography Is

Guided Autobiography is an opportunity to reminisce on experiences in your life, capture them in writing and share them in confidence within a small group.  No writing experience is necessary.  The emphasis is on your story.

What Guided Autobiography Is Not

Guided Autobiography is not a writing class.  Also, while telling your story may be therapeutic, Guided Autobiography is not therapy.

Guided Autobiography workshops meet for three hour sessions each week for ten weeks.  The leader will share information about autobiography and some helpful guidance.  At home after each class, you will be asked to write two pages on a life theme.  We provide a series of guiding questions to help you with each topic.  A significant part of each meeting is set aside for participants to share their stories in a small group setting.

We lead Guided Autobiography workshops in and around the greater Chicagoland area for groups ranging in size from 10 to 30 participants.  If your group or facility is interested in hosting such a workshop, please email  If you are interested in attending a workshop, please email and we will try to connect you with an upcoming workshop.

Possible venues for a Guided Autobiography workshop include:

  • Public Library
  • Church
  • Community Center
  • Senior Center
  • Active Adult Community
  • Historical Society


Guided Autobiography (GAB) was developed by Dr. James Birren, founding Dean of USC School of Gerontology and now head of The Birren Center for Autobiography & Life Review.  Participants in the GAB program have ranged in age from college students to people in their nineties.

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