Life Writing Workshops


Writing a personal narrative – a story – is a way to discover and perhaps share meaningful moments and truths that have defined each of  us.  Because we are so familiar with narratives – we hear, speak, read and/or watch them every day of our lives – writing a personal narrative can feel familiar from the start. 

In a Life Writing Workshop, David Maloof guides participants as they write a short memoir about some significant time, place, person and/or other aspect of their lives. 

David relies on his decades of experience both writing his own published personal essays, as well as teaching thousands (yes, thousands) of students ages 7 to 70-plus how to create and appreciate this accessible, meaningful writing form.  

Workshop details

Usually a Life Writing Workshop is scheduled for one session lasting up to two hours. The Workshop begins with a brief overview about writing a memoir, and some general topic ideas.  Then, everyone writes – and rewrites, following their own ideas plus suggestions (and questions) from David as he guides them (and they guide themselves) towards realizing their own personal story.


The point is not perfect grammar (or "perfect" anything); the point is to help each writer find understanding and satisfaction through expressing themselves in words, showing and telling a part of their life and the meaning they discover in it.

The product – the completed story – is for the writer, as well as anyone the writer might want to share it with.

Students can write with pen (or pencil) on paper, on a laptop computer, or on a desktop computer (if available at the location). 

For more info or to ask any questions, contact David Maloof. 

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in DFM's words

"A pretty smart person named Socrates advised people to 'Know thyself.'  Life writing is one way for each of us to do that.  For while we all can cite events, people and other information about our lives, it can be more difficult to find meaning in what has happened.  That meaning is part of understanding who we are.

"Some academic folks look down on personal writing because it's not sufficiently 'academic.'  Yet personal writing can require research (usually into one's own memory, but also through interviewing others), analysis and interpretation (of one's lives, and of self), critical writing, and such writing strategies as description, cause-and-effect, and comparison-and-contrast. 

"In other words, Socrates – whether he knows it or not – would approve of a Life Writing Workshop."