Kathy Garrett, M.Ed.
Currently offering Guided Autobiography at New Adventures in Learning at Chandler-Gilbert Community College: http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/SunLakes/newadventures
Available for private group classes upon request.
Currently teaching GAB classes in private homes in San Diego (winter/spring) and North Lake Tahoe (summer/fall)
Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D.
Flora Brown Associates, Southern California
5753-G Santa Ana Canyon Rd., #360
Anaheim, CA 92807
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In addition to local basic GAB workshops, I’m adding workshops on variations such as writing a letter of appreciation, writing a holiday letter, etc. I’ll soon be launching an online GAB class so geography won’t be a barrier for eager participants.
I am currently teaching GAB classes through the Pacific Grove Library. My company offers personal coaching, professional editing, book design and layout, publishing and printing, marketing materials and social media blog/website set-up. I provide a free consultation to discuss your project: what you have, what you want, and how we get there: who does what, what it will cost and how long it will take. I have published over 100 books since 1983. I love my work!
Jamila Rufaro Ph.D.
Special interest in issues of culture and diversity
Newport Beach, CA
Los Angeles, California
Starting a class January 2017
I run small groups out of my home or one of the student’s homes limited to 4-6 people. I’m open to someone gathering together people and I will come to your home, with a reduced fee for the host/coordinator.
Having given 50+ GAB workshops, many of them one day experiences, for men and women, and as a long time clinical psychologist, what I offer are themes with a psychological focus. They are therapeutic although not therapy. Many people come multiple times because each workshop is distinct. Participating gives you a chance to be part of a community, enhance your well being, create a legacy, and stimulate your brain. Please join us!
I teach Guided Autobiography both in public classes and private groups. I also teach legacy writing and practices such as memoir, legacy letters (ethical wills), intergenerational philanthropy plans and family mission statements and mottos. I am passionate about the power of our personal stories and the creation of legacy. I founded Wellfleet Circle to help others tell and share their stories and preserve and share legacy.
San Francisco Bay Area
Mercy Center, Burlingame
I have worked with several groups of women religious (Sisters of Mercy) who have been very receptive and enthusiastic about what GAB brings to their sense of community. I think GAB is very valuable for them and would encourage others to reach out to other women's communities (and even men's!) I am also leading a group of lay people at Mercy Center. Both have been very enriching for me!
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Davis
A GAB guide working with small groups in Davis and Sacramento, CA. Sessions scheduled as my time permits. Please email to inquire.
More Than Words, Inc.
The most valuable gift you can give is your story.
We have Birren Center Certified Instructors leading workshops in Southern California communities within Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino/Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Our 5-week series is designed for seniors 55+ and offered at no cost. We also offer volunteer opportunities related to the workshops.
Safe Haven Senior Outreach
I am providing GAB sessions for senior centers and senior living facilities in Southern California.
GAB classes throughout the East Bay
I teach a Saturday morning Guided Autobiography course for the Extension Division at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA and have several groups meeting bi-weekly in members’ homes. Workshops lasting 2-3 hours are available and offer a taste of GAB to those who might be curious. They’re also a fun way to throw a party! References available upon request.
Eugene "Gene" Dawson, PhD., LCSW
13901 E. Marina Dr.,#112
Live it. Tell it. Life Stories
Janet Meyer, MA, LPC
Bloomingdale Writers Connection
I have been giving these 10 week courses for ten years and work with a team of instructors/facilitators. We are a library-sponsored program, located east of Tampa at the Bloomingdale Regional Library. The classes are underwritten by the Friends of the Library and are free to the public. In 2013 we published an anthology of our stories. After graduation the writers have the option to move into monthly writing groups managed by our program.
Evanston, IL (Summer)
Diana Trevouledes, Ph.D., P.A.
Mee Joo Kim
With Hawaiʻi being spread across eight islands, I offer GAB classes online. Also, I specialize in working with adult adoptees, especially interracial and intercountry adoptees, and have classes with an emphasis on exploring one’s adoption narrative. My website is currently under construction and will be updated in January 2017.
I offer Guided Autobiography in small groups of five to seven participants in the Indianapolis area. I maintain a list of individuals who want to participate and confirm the timing and location for classes when there are sufficient participants to form a group. The GAB groups meet weekly for seven sessions. If you live outside the Indianapolis area, Guided Autobiography can also be experienced in half-day or full day workshops, in your location.
I also publish personal history books and can help you get the stories you write for GAB classes into beautiful limited edition books with your pictures to share with family and friends.
Please contact me about upcoming GAB classes in the Kansas City area. They are formed once a group of 6 -12 students accumulate. GAB groups meet weekly for six sessions. I also help people record their life stories on audio.
I routinely teach GAB classes at two locations and can accept invitations to teach just about anywhere. In addition, I teach spiritual journey, obituary writing and legacy letter writing classes. I also offer book editing and publishing.
MARYLAND and DC
I am teaching GAB at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD in Jan.-Feb 2017; I teach it now and then at Montgomery County, MD, public libraries, but no sessions are currently scheduled. I've been doing print personal histories since 1990and also do corporate histories.
Sparkle (Linda) Cofiell
I believe in the power of GAB!
Please contact me about upcoming GAB classes! They are formed once a group of 6-12 students accumulate. GAB groups meet weekly for six sessions.
I help parents and grandparents write or record their life stories so all generations of their families know they belong, have been heard, and will be remembered. GAB is one method I use to inspire my Storytellers to remember stories that express their beliefs, values, and life lessons.
Oxford Gerontology Consultants
Certified GABInstructor; Life review
Pam Pacelli Cooper
Boston Area: Cambridge, Brookline, Boston, Arlington, Somerville
Upcoming Classes: Spring and Fall 2017
The GAB principles are thoroughly embedded in my work as a specialist in ethical wills and letters of intent. The same principles – of presenting a narrow doorway through which to explore the largest questions of your life in a safe and creative way – are evident in the materials I have developed for individuals and families to express themselves and connect to each other: The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-StepGuide for Creating Your Ethical Will, Life Legacy Cards and the Life Legacy Toolkit. The website has more information on these materials, as well as listings for workshops and presentations.
Han-Jung Ko (Kokoro/Koko)
Central Michigan University
We offer one to two GAB sessions each semester. I personally do not facilitate the groups but recruit past GAB attendees (community partners or students) to lead the groups. The GAB sessions are sponsored by the Institute for Intergenerational Relationships, College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University.
Ben and Judy Ament
GAB classes in northern Minnesota
See Calendar page for open Guided Autobiography classes
PO Box 5612
Lincoln, NE 68505-0612
New York City
Social Worker/Private Practice
My work primarily focuses on running groups in senior living communities in Rochester.
Editor/Writer and member of the Institute for Retired Professionals, a peer-learning program at The New School in Manhattan. I periodically offer Guided Autobiography classes at The New School in Manhattan.
I have led GAB workshops at the OLLI Center (UNCA), the Jewish Community Center,
and the Senior Opportunity Center. In addition I am interested in visual representations of life experiences.
Wilmington: New Hanover and surrounding counties
The SOYL (Story Of Your Life)
Classes and DocuMemory films
Dana M. Perry
THIS LIFE: A Life Story Program
I am currently teaching GAB classes at the University of Rhode Island OLLI and Village at Waterman Lake. I also offer book editing and design for finished memoirs.
Anna Fay Williams
I have presented GAB themes and approaches in Life Stories Workshops that have been conducted at Christ the King Lutheran Church-Houston for over 12 years. I am now offering these courses to other community groups and organizations and in small privately conducted groups. Over the years several books have been published with stories from the workshops and video-taped interviews.
Salt Lake City
I offer Guided Autobiography classes in Central and North Kitsap County. The schedule and type of class offered is designed to meet your personal goals for reflecting on and writing the stories of your life. You can email me for additional information and the TYEmemoirs.com website should be up and running in 2017.
Joanne M. Horn
I have been teaching GAB classes continuously since 2010. I teach my GAB classes at community colleges, retirement communities, and retirement or other older adult organizations in the Puget Sound area. I now offer GAB I, GAB II, and as of Spring 2017, GAB III classes. I have developed GAB II and GAB III as writing skills classes organized around the concept of using weekly themes to write life stories and maintaining the Birren structure of one half of the class devoted to sharing stories and providing peer feedback.
I have been successfully teaching GAB classes at a local thriving Senior Center and welcome all inquiries for bringing this wonderful opportunity to your organization, church, club or dining room table! Let's discuss the possibilities - and give each other the gift of becoming enthusiastic Storycatchers (as author Christina Baldwin loves to say)!
Life Stories/Life Portraits
I currently teach two GAB classes at the Port Angeles Senior Center but will be expanding to other areas on the North Olympic Peninsula in 2017. My classes also feature a Life Portrait option provided by local artist, Gay Whitman.
Guided Life Stories
Richard teaches GAB on transatlantic crossings with Windstar Cruises.
Co-author (with Cheryl Svensson) of Writing Your Legacy – The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story – Published by Writer’s Digest Books
I lead GAB workshop series in my home, in the classroom, and online (my online participants come from across Canada and the US). For private sessions, I take enquiries, make a waitlist and, when numbers warrant, we vote on a time that works best for all. In addition to GAB1, I’ve developed a GAB2 curriculum (inspired by the Birren Center’s GAB2 syllabus), where we delve more deeply into writing memoir, and explore our experience of some of the inner forces driving behaviour.
A Life In Stories
Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team
(613) 875 9799
Currently teaching GAB classes in winter and fall at the Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team. As a gerontologist and mental health counselor, I have been teaching GAB classes since 2011 in Eastern Ontario. Currently the Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team sponsors the GAB sessions. We offer one GAB session each semester. I also run 8-weeks series for small groups out of my home.
It’s never too late to tell your story.
I write biographies and family histories. I also help individuals prepare their autobiography by ghost writing it for them, or providing writing coaching/editing and production support so they can write their own. I am delighted to be able to add GAB groups to my repertoire and to be only the second Birren/Svensson GAB instructor in Australia!
UK Code: 017888 10106 (h)
UK Code: 074479 93714 (cell)
Mee Joo Kim
In addition to offering regular GAB classes in-person and online, I specialize in working with adult adoptees, especially interracial and intercountry adoptees, and have classes with an emphasis on exploring one’s adoption narrative. My website is currently under construction and will be updated in January 2017.
Ruth Anne Uhl
Shwu-Feng(Phoenix) Tsay RN, PhD