60-90-minute training for individuals or groups.
2017-2018 workshops provided to: UCSD Life Course Scholars; Oasis Senior Learning; La Jolla branch of the National League of American Pen Women; Oakmont Senior Living; St. Paul’s Manor.
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Members and friends of La Jolla Pen Women marveled at how easy it was to jump in and begin writing their memoir, thanks to the superb suggestions from Trish Benesh. Based on her series of books, 7 Memories, Trish guided us through her power-point presentation outlining to us how to start a memoir, and to continue daily for 28 days, 7 Memories: Write your Memoir in 28 Days. She encouraged us to think about seven memories from our life, and to commit to writing for at least 20 minutes every day. Procrastination is not allowed! By the 5th day, we are to begin the process of drafting a memory for each of the following days, the 5th through the 11th. Our focus centers on the message and our audience.
Friendships also blossomed during our time together. The members and friends of La Jolla Pen Women thanked Trish and insisted that she return to repeat such a superb program. By then, all of us will have finished our 7 memories—our memoir!
Trish, thanks so much for coming back to present at Maryland Writers‘ Association conference this year. I looked at the conference evaluations and, like last year, you got rave reviews. You are immensely talented and are so generous to share what you know.
“I love partnering with my 99-year-old aunt to write her memoir. She lives 3000 miles away, so we have to adapt the partnering method using the phone and with help from her local family members. Her photos are great and we both so enjoy getting to the heart of her story with the memory prompts. I’m excited to finish her memoir so we can all honor and celebrate her life at her 100th birthday party. Not a minute to lose!”
“My dad didn’t like to talk much about himself. When I got him focused on photos and memorabilia, it opened a new world of discussion. He realized the many successes he had and we laughed a lot. The Memoir Partnering Method brought us much closer together.”
“My mom and I love doing this. From the beginning, I had a sense of relief knowing where to start. The questions are awesome. The prompts make a world of difference as they bring out information I hadn’t thought about. And I’m learning things about my mom I never knew. This method has been a gift to both of us.” Rosemary with her 86-year-old mom.
“I am honestly touched by this intergenerational oral history project wherein Trish taught us how to make a memoir with an older adult, our ‘Exceptional Person (EP). The reminiscing led to the creation of the memoirs and a deeper understanding of the EPs and a benefit for the EPs themselves. As several students said, their EPs were very enthusiastic and joyful about having a memoir created for them. This intergenerational oral history project was a success at every angle.”