Memoir and Family History
CREATE YOUR OWN COOKBOOK (LLA 0117): Have you ever wanted to publish your own cookbook? This class will help you pair your
recipes with interesting vignettes and images to create a cherished gift for friends
and family, a group fundraiser, or a published book to sell. Starting with your recipes,
you’ll look at techniques to gather related memories from yourself and others. Using
those memories, you’ll work on writing colorful anecdotes and finding photos or graphics
to accompany the recipes. Finally, you’ll explore formats and printing options, so
that you’ll be able to produce and distribute your masterpiece.
LEGACY: WRITING YOUR LIFE’S STORY (LLA 0239): Create a legacy for your family by writing the stories of your life. You may even consider publishing your memoir to share with the world. As inspiration, we’ll read stories by published authors and previous legacy students. In-class exercises and weekly assignments will get you started writing short stories about different times in your life. Learn self-reflection and writing techniques to create intriguing vignettes. By sharing your writings in class, you’ll help others recall memories and you’ll receive useful feedback on your writing.
WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY OR MEMOIR (LLA 0238): You have stories. Your family has stories. Some are humorous; some are inspiring; and one or two may just be tall tales. Now is the time to record these stories to pass down to future generations. You may even want to publish a book. You will learn techniques to interview family and friends, making them comfortable to share their tales. Self-reflection and writing exercises will help you write your own recollections in full detail. Once all the stories are collected, you will learn how to organize the writing process and create your personal masterpiece.
LEGACY: WRITE YOUR MEMOIR (LLI 0126): Create a legacy for your family by writing your life story. You may even consider
publishing your memoir to share with the world. Laura Ehrke will help you get started
with writing short stories about different times in your life. Learn self-reflection
and writing techniques to tell your tales in full detail. By sharing your writings
in class, you’ll help others recall memories and you’ll receive useful feedback. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+
MY CITY-MY STORY (LLI 0127): You don’t need to be a writer to enjoy this new class by Chicago writer/actor Paul Barile. What you have to be is over 50 years old and have a story to tell. Over the course of four weeks, you will develop a personal story that reflects an element of Chicagoland’s history through your personal experience. This class is a chance to document the events that shaped you and, in essence, shaped the city we all love so well. All students must have a draft of a story ready to develop. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+
RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY (LLI 0125): Were your ancestors royalty? When did they immigrate? Why did they come to America?
How did they get here? We will work to find the answers to these questions and more.
Before spending countless hours doing unproductive research, learn a proven process
to guide your search for genealogical information. But it is more than just learning
where to look that will create your success. Discover a method of organization to
make your research efforts more efficient, and create documents to easily share what
you discover with family. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+