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K.E.Y. Programs • Life Stories

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Coming Fall 2017

Register for one or both semesters of our Life Stories course! Leave a written legacy for your family and love ones. Enroll in one or both semesters of our Life Stories workshop series.

We all have a story to tell.

Our life experiences and stories shape us into who we are. Learn how to write your life story so it can be treasured by family and loved ones.

This course will take you from learning about memoirs to developing and writing your own to eventually creating a booklet that could be kept for yourself or given to family and friends.

Participants at all skill levels are welcome to register, including those who have never written before.

The Life Stories class is broken into two semesters. The first semester will focus on understanding different styles of memoirs and beginning writing exercises. The second semester will put your small writing pieces together into a finished product that can be printed, at your cost, by UWO Document Services. Each semester will meet six times, for two hours each.

Participants can register for individual semesters or both semesters at a discounted cost.

Registration Information

The fee for this program is $149 per semester. UW Oshkosh alumni, faculty and staff receive a $10 discount.

There are limited scholarships available. Please contact Julie Kiefer, Program Manager, for more information, or (920) 424-3106.

Register for both semesters and save! If you register for both semesters, the fee is only $249. UW Oshkosh alumni, faculty and staff receive an additional $20 discount.

There are additional course materials that participants will purchase on their own.

Semester 1:

  1. Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature Second Edition by Bill Roorbach (approximately $13)
  2. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (please read prior to class)

Semester 2:

  1. Please read a memoir of your choosing from the list in the back of Writing Life Stories prior to class
  2. Copying Services at UWO to create a final copy of your book


Lincoln Hall
608 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Course Instructor

Jen Escher is an adjunct professor of English at Marian University.

She earned her Master of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Marian University, minoring in English and History.

The focus of her Master’s thesis was memoir writing, but she also writes fiction and poetry.

She has been published in Furious Gazelle Magazine and The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society.