The Art—and, yes, the Joy—of the Obituary

Back by popular demand–Sue Hessel and I will teach another 2-part workshop on the self-written obituary.

ONLINE workshop meets on two Thursdays, August 8th and August 22, 2013, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT. APH members $70 for two sessions. Non-APH members: $85.

“If I don’t write it down, who will know what I accomplished?” asked a participant in my first Obituary-writing workshop.

So many people pass through your life—but not one among them will know everything you’ve done, or felt, or valued. Every life story deserves a polished telling, but that seldom happens in the stressful time following a death. With a little planning, you can write a lively, accurate picture of your life suitable for publication when the time comes.

The first meeting covers the revival of interest in obituaries in America, how to draft an obituary for yourself or a loved one, and other considerations related to your legacy at life’s close.

In the second meeting, participants will read first drafts of their obituaries for discussion and feedback. The class will meet via webinar for the first 1.5-hour session on May 23rd and via teleconference on June 6th.

My co-presenter and fellow APH board member Sue Hessel has written obituaries for four decades, beginning as a newspaper reporter and continuing through her freelance and personal history careers. She also is a certified Guided Autobiography (GAB) instructor.

To register, click here. You may pay by credit card or PayPal.

As a companion to this workshop, Sue and I will present “Teach Obituary Writing for Fun and Profit” at the 2013 APH Conference.

About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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