Capture your life story in free writing workshop

Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments can leave a legacy for your family for generations to come. Everyone has a unique and individual story to tell. 

Start writing yours with a little help from University of Illinois Extension in a free, eight-week online workshop called “Life’s Moments: From Memory to Legacy.”

“There is something special about this class, a bonding over shared stories. When people share their stories, they trigger memories for others to write about,” says Chelsey Byers, a University of Illinois Extension family life educator.

The workshop series is scheduled to begin Jan. 19 and is open to adults over 18 years of age at all writing levels. 

No previous experience is necessary to participate, and participants will write at their own pace using their own writing tools, either pencil and paper or a digital device.

Weekly sessions are planned online every Tuesday from Jan. 19 to March 9, from 11 a.m. to noon (CST).

The eight-week series leads participants through prompts and exercises to trigger meaningful life memories. 

Byers compares the process to making a quilt; by the final session, participants will have developed a collection of moments, ideas, and stories that come together to create their life legacy and family heritage they can pass down for generations.

Registration for the free workshop is available online at

Email access is required to receive registration confirmation, session joining information, writing prompts, homework and other relevant updates.

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