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Guided Autobiography


Courses Adult / Enrichment -
Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog

NEW! Write the Story of your Life...two pages at a time! Have you ever been meaning to write down some of your life story and experiences, but can never quite find the time? Or perhaps the thought of it is far too overwhelming. Designed to assist individuals recall, organize and share the contents of their life experiences, these classes will help evoke memories through a variety of life themes such as 'family work/career, health, spirituality'. Participants will write and share their life stories with one another in a small group setting, finding new meaning in their life and putting past significant life events in perspective. It is also an ideal way to pass along valuable lessons, stories and history to your family/friends and future generations. No writing experience is necessary. Instructor: Bill Marsella

Your Facilitator: Bill Marsella has a passion for helping people share their life stories so they know their lives have made a difference and will be remembered. Bill's own life of service has made a difference in the world. After earning a Masters Degree in social work, Bill applied his love of people and his gift for storytelling to two long careers in the Army Reserve Medical Corps helping soldiers manage extreme stress on the battlefield, and as a professional fundraiser inspiring thousands of donors to give to causes and charities they care about in the community. Bill is a trained Legacy Facilitator and has his certification in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Institute for Autobiographical Studies. Bill and his wife Cathy have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and live in Monticello Mn.. Bill has taught numerous GAB classes in the area that have been well received by students who have taken the class:"The Guided Autobiography class more than met my expectations! Bill Marsella is a warm and enthusiastic instructor, using both humor and personal life experiences to engage his students...I really wish the class could have been longer...""I started a memoir in January 2021 but got stalled. I need motivation and some new ideas and certainly got them in this class. As a bonus I gained some new friends!"

What Students are saying about their GAB Experience!!

“My mother-in-law kept journals for years and how we cherish her written words. We have talked for years about writing our life stories but didn’t know where to start. This class made it easy-our facilitator Bill was amazing-such great ideas, and so encouraging! Don’t wait! Take his class. We don’t know how much time we have left..”

“I have always wanted to write my family stories. This class helped me to remember and organize them. It gave me a window into other people’s lives, customs, and traditions”

“The Guided Autobiography class MORE than met my expectations! Bill Marsella is a warm and enthusiastic instructor, using both humor and personal life experiences to engage his students…I really wish the class could have been longer!”

“I started a memoir in January of 2021 but got stalled. I needed motivation and some new ideas and certainly got them in this class. As a bonus I gained some new friends!”

“Although I have only known Bill Marsella for a couple of short months, he has influenced my life significantly. I have for a long time wanted to write about my life for my family and he has given me an avenue to do so. I hope this Guided Autobiography Program continues because I am certain there are many like me who can use his help”

“This has been an amazing class. I feel like I have a great start in telling my life story.I have enjoyed writing my life story and have enjoyed sharing it with friends and family. I would highly recommend it–We all have a story to share!”

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  Bill Marsella


Eastview Education Center
Thursdays, Mar 16 - May 4
6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Min Age   18 yr.

Price: $ 84 00