Your Life – Your Words
Write your life story with
Write your life stories and memoirs under the guidance of Jill Morris. Jill combines her experience as a writer, teacher and school director with her training from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies to help you capture the essence of your life.
Everyone has their own reason for working with Jill or taking her classes:
- write a memoir
- leave your own legacy
- share your story
- preserve your family’s history
- form a clearer appreciation of who you are and how you got to where you are
“The class allowed me to see my personal history in a new and hopeful way. I was able to connect my past to the present and my present to the future… This class showed me the potential of my writing and my life.”Cathy
Memoir Writing Classes
Jill facilitates groups throughout the East Bay Area and Santa Cruz and now offers live online classes for new and seasoned writers. To find out about local classes in the Santa Cruz area please message Jill below.
New online classes – starting in September 2019:
The Story Begins Class!– Perfect for beginners. No experience is necessary – you are guided every step of the way with writing prompts that focus on life themes. There is no right or wrong. Have fun and begin to write your life stories. Read more.
The Structure Class! – This is an advanced memoir writing class where you learn the structure required in order to turn notes into short stories and stories into a complete memoir. Read more.
Escape Writer’s Isolation Class! – Writing alone is isolating and the lack of accountability makes it difficult to complete objectives. Writers who have writing material will have the opportunity to workshop sections of their writing for constructive feedback and weekly learn about subjects pertinent to your writing Read more.
“Jill is an extraordinary teacher because she knows how to push you to the next level in your writing in an insightful, gentle manner.”Susan
“I love that we can take away anything we want from the class”Alison
“It is unusual to find a teacher that encourages you to grow in an unobstructive, encouraging way.”Lisa
Before my memory starts to pass
I thought I would take a memoir writing class
Jill the teacher was there to jog
Distant memories that sometimes were lost in the fog.
The class turned out to be quite a caper
And my early years are now down on paper!
Have you ever looked at a person wondering how they spent their years? We heard stories of adventure, shared laughter and tears.
With a class of about ten, I enjoyed hearing the others
Stores of lives, parents, sisters and brothers.
It’s great to give life’s memories a bit of a sift
Meeting interesting people and Jill…what a gift
My memoir won’t be a best seller, of that have no fear,
But is spells out who I am, and that I was here.