Would you like to write the stories of your life but don’t know where to start? This fall,
Courtenay Recreation and instructor Traci Skuce are offering a ten-week session on How to
Write Your Life Story geared for adults 55+.

Traci has been teaching this class for over a decade. She is a lover of language and literature.
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and her work has been published in several literary
magazines. Most recently, Traci was a finalist for the prestigious 2015 CBC Creative Non-Fiction
Prize.

Tackling a project like writing your life story can feel huge, if not overwhelming. In this class
you’ll learn how to break your story (or stories) into manageable pieces, beginning with
vignettes that draw on old memories.

Throughout the session you’ll learn to establish and cultivate a writing practice. You will also
learn how to write even when you feel uninspired. And, as a class, you’ll dive into the work to
generate a momentum and energy that’s both fun and offers vitality to any larger project. If you
don’t have a larger project in mind? No problem. Dabblers and those who just want to write are
more than welcome.

In addition to the exercises, there will be discussions of description and structure, narration and
verb tense; anything and everything to help shape and organize your understanding of the craft
of writing.

Classes start October 8 and are Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm at the Lewis Park Salish
Building. For more information please call Courtenay Recreation at 250-338-5371 or 250-338-
1000 or visit www.courtenay.ca/rec.