Write Your Own Biography with Victoria Morse

Many thanks to Dr. Victoria Morse for being our featured speaker at our March Writers Forum meeting. I left the meeting with scads of great writing starts and ideas for many more pieces to add to my story.

From writing our first memories to composing six word autobiographies, we spent the morning embracing our stories and getting acquainted with ourselves. With each person who shared out, I was humbled to be in the presence of such skilled writers, writers who craft words that one moment make a lump bob in my throat and the next moment dislodge that lump by causing me to chuckle. It was great seeing so many new faces in addition to the familiar faces I’ve come to know and love. Here are some snapshots from the day.

Dr. Victoria Morse compelled attendees to get acquainted with themselves by writing about first memories, family members and the special bonds we share with our parents or grandparents.

It's always a pleasure to see Writers Forum charter members like John Lawson.

Ed Sulpice takes a few minutes to write a childhood memory.

Renee had us all giggling as she recounted her earliest childhood memory of eating leaves.

Writers Forum guest, Nancy Byrne, shared a touching tribute to her father.

Writers Forum newsletter editor, Kailey O’Connor, puts her thoughts to paper.

Author Edna Eades shared a tragic childhood tale of accidentally damaging a library book.

Ellie Hagstrom wrote about a 'deer' childhood friend.

Children's author, Linda Boyden, reads about a dream she refuses to let die.

Victoria Morse is currently teaching a class, Write Your Own Biography. It began on Monday, March 5 and runs through April 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Redding Library. Sign-ups are taken through Redding Recreation at 225-4095. The cost is $31.

For now, I leave you with Victoria’s closing words.

Write On…

You are worthy. You have been given the grace to touch other people’s lives. Your very breath has made a difference in our world’s make-up. Write as though you have a message to share with posterity; because you do! Whether to many or a certain one, in their eyes you are a light. Know this. You and your story are of inestimable value. Continue always to write as the Spirit moves you.

Looking forward to seeing you at our April meeting!


Alicia McCauley,

Webmaster & Director at Large

Write Your Own Biography Workshop with Dr. Victoria Morse

At our March meeting*, author and lecturer Dr. Victoria Morse will present a workshop on how to write your own biography. Attendees will want to bring pen and paper for segments of writing and sharing.

Here’s what Dr. Morse has to say about writing an autobiography:  “Even our fiction writing may include some memory or assorted combined memories that we draw from real life experience. It is well to acknowledge the value of writing one’s memoirs, perhaps during barren pauses when creative juices need a catalyst to be revitalized. By tapping in to reveal some of our past, inextricably we come to know ourselves more intimately. The common theme is to leave something of our life and thoughts for our children and grandchildren who may not know the history of the family tree. More than this, we are honing the writing skills and searching for fresh ways to rediscover our own purpose.”

Dr. Morse teaches classes on writing biographies, and lectures on a variety of topics. She has written The Handbook for Happy Living and Glimpse of Light, among other titles.  Her upcoming class, Write Your Own Biographystarts Monday, March 5 and runs through April 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Redding Library. Sign-ups are taken through Redding Recreation at 225-4095. The cost for five weeks is $31.

We look forward to seeing you at our March meeting!

*Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 am-12:30 pm in at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Memorial Hall.  Doors open at 10:00am and the meeting begins promptly at 10:30am.  All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA.  For more details about monthly featured programs and other Writers Forum events, please visit our Calendar Page.