There are so many reasons to write about your life. Capture what would be lost. Remember what could be forgotten. Make your own myth. Create history. Segue into fiction, essay, poetry, drama, song. Some stories cry out to be told. Some are secret but you own the page. This class is for those of you who want the time--and the gift of companions--to collect and record ideas to feed your writing, and for those who are compassionate and curious to hear others' stories. It will focus on new ideas and writing in the week, rather than prior manuscripts, with an emphasis on oral interaction. You will work with an array of forms. You can expect to make discoveries in the class--don't plan to recycle old ideas, though you may find yourself revisiting your writing and seeing new possibilities. You should go home with strategies for writing truly new work. In this class, you will generate new writing through exercises and assignments and will share it in class.