Learn how to write about your life

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

Thus wrote Mark Twain a little more than 100 years ago in “The Refuge of the Derelicts.”

Little did Twain know how easy it would be a century later to publish such life stories.

I, too, believe no matter who you are, you have a story to tell. Your children should read your story. If not them, your friends. If not them, then other people living similar plots ought to read what you learned from your trials and travails.

It’s why I wrote my story, “The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal.”

And it’s why I’m teaching a class in my hometown in April: “How to Write About Challenging Life Events.”

Whether you’re a mourner, a humorist, a failure or a smashing success, you will benefit from writing down your story and maybe even sharing it with others.

If I can help, I’d love to be your muse, your guide, your ghost writer.

Join me at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 for inspiration, tips and even a little practice at “How to Write About a Challenging Life Event” at Wadena Deer Creek Middle/High School, 600 Colfax Ave. S.W., Wadena, Minn. Cost is $10 and pre-registration required; call the Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton Community Education office at 218/632-2396.


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