Life Stories Resources

Whatever your age, writing your life story further your emotional and spiritual development.  On this page you will find articles, tips, and writing prompts to help you write the stories of your life.  If you are a Seeker, you can post your stories on the Intergenerational Life Stories page.  If not, you can still share your story with others: sharing is an important aspect of finding meaning in your life.  You may want to form a group for story sharing.

Guided Autobiography

Guided Autobiography (GAB) has been researched and developed by Dr. James Birren over the past 40 years as a method for helping people document their life stories. Guided by a trained instructor, participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. Each participant writes a two-page story on a particular theme each week, brings the story to class and reads it to a small group of receptive classmates. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life and to put life events into perspective.