Memoir Writing

Course Number


Study Group Leader (SGL)

Linda Wolfson


This course will take place virtually on Zoom. Participation requires a device (ideally a computer or tablet, rather than a cell phone) with a camera and microphone in good working order and basic familiarity with using Zoom and accessing email.

10-Week Course

Feb. 27 - May 7. No Class April 23.


This course has proven to be a welcoming place for anyone interested in writing and telling their stories. The design of the course is simple. We all commit to writing each week and to bringing about 500 words to share aloud at each meeting. Each class offers a prompt which can be used, ignored or reshaped. The prompts are only suggestions, sometimes a new way to shape the materials you are working with. (Please note: if you’ve taken this class before, prompts and some participants change each term.) Our work together is to encourage and support the efforts of each member of the group. Our response to writing is always based on listening generously, trying to understand what is being said, or what is almost said in the writing. Because our work rests on coherence and trust, regular attendance is necessary. You don’t have to be a skilled writer to participate. You just have to be willing to explore and be supportive of others’ explorations. Participants’ comments about the course have always praised the power of the group, the value of hearing one another’s work, and the warm responses offered by class members.  

Group Leadership Style

More facilitated discussion than lecture.

Course Materials

A set of prompts will be provided to participants prior to the first class.

Preparation Time

Each class member will be asked to write a 500-word piece each week using prompts provided by the SGL.


Linda Wolfson holds a BA from University of Massachusetts, Boston and MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, she worked in Hospice Care and in a mixed-income Assisted Living Facility. Her interest in writing dates back to childhood and has always been a consistent part of her life. She has studied with Marjorie Roemer at BOLLI. Linda will use her group leadership skills to continue to facilitate the model for this course created by Marjorie Roemer.