Four-week workshop

We encourage you to let your imagination dictate your personal history destination. LifeGems will work with you to research and compile information, organize photographs and memorabilia and produce a history you will be proud to give to loved ones, or even market to the general public.

Four-week Workshop is designed for the "do-it-yourself" memoirist. You will be introduced to memory recall exercises, learn valuable writing techniques and receive in-class editorial assistance.


During this 4-week workshop series, (3 hours per week), you will learn how the elements of creative non-fiction writing are applied to memoir-writing to show character, develop dialogue and enhance the telling of your story using elements of surprise, suspense and setting. Through easy, enjoyable exercises, you will learn effective techniques of memory recall. In-class writing exercises will assist you in transforming your memories into polished, entertaining reading that will last for many lifetimes.

Series Outline:
  • Workshop 1: Establishing a foundation
  • Workshop 2: The writer’s tool kit
  • Workshop 3: Building from the inside out
  • Workshop 4: Mapping the Journey’s End


In addition, as a workshop participant, you will enjoy access to an extensive lending library of memoir-writing books and other helpful materials. “Someday” may never come!

Achieve one of your fondest dreams now.

To ensure that each participant receives focused assistance, group size is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Participants receive a discount* on all additional LifeGems services, including one-on-one editing, coaching, research and production assistance, for up to six months following completion of workshop series.

Workshops are held in Collingwood, Ontario. Specific location information provided at time of registration.

Workshop Leader: Christine E. Cowley, published author, Member of the Writers Union of Canada, Member of the Association of Personal Historians. For upcoming series start dates or other information please contact us at

One to three-day Workshops

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