I am Catherine Cairns, a published writer,
journalist, and memoir instructor. I offer a variety of memoir writing courses including a six-week course
and half-day memoir writing workshops. And I'd be happy to be a guest speaker at your organization or group
meeting, where I can discuss the importance of writing our life stories.
My experience includes writing "Recollections," a column for the
newspaper in Westborough, Massachusetts, featuring folks who remember the 1940s and earlier. My column
shone a light on the past through the stories of folks who’ve seen it, done it, and think
it’s important to share those experiences with others.
Many of the folks I have interviewed remember WWII. A good number grew up during the Great Depression,
and a rare few can even recall WWI. I am in awe of the strength of the people I have interviewed, some of
who came here as immigrants with few possessions. I've learned a great deal from the folks who have so
generously shared their experiences with me.
Now, I have taken my experiences and skills in interviewing and brought them into the classroom setting,
where I instruct participants in the techniques that will help them effectively think back to their early
years and focus on bringing to life in vivid color the treasured events, people, and places of their lives.
The benefits of participating in a memoir writing class or workshop include connecting with others who might
have similar experiences while writing and sharing in an encouraging group setting; reconnecting with your
childhood and rediscovering the people and places that enriched your lives; and sharing those stories with family
Thinking about writing one’s life stories can be a daunting task. I utilize a variety of methods and explore
numerous topics that can help participants enjoy the process while achieving the ultimate goal of writing
their life stories.