Life's Short, Art's Long: Life Writing in the 21st Century (In Person)

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Saturday, October 22, 2022

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Two Sessions


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Course Description

Anybody ever tell you, hey, you should write a book!? Ever wanted to tell your life story but not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’ve completed a first draft and are exploring ways to perfect, pitch, and publish your story? Then this seminar is for you.

After familiarizing ourselves with key concepts and best practices of life writing, participants will engage in a series of interactive and collaborative exercises that generate and enhance their life stories. We’ll experiment with innovative life writing tools and voice-based composition.

Life writing includes the genres of (auto-) biography, memoir, confession, diaries, journals, and social media posts. It is a way of life, a creative practice, and a performative invitation of past, present, and future selves. As an essential skill of self-representation, life writing is an ideal mode for exploring the roles of (self-) knowledge, memory, time, authority, and experience in creating individual and collective identities.
Two sessions. $185/$166.50. Led by Dr. Aaron Greenberg

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Registration Fees

Registration is $185

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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