Continuing Education
Life Story

Life Story Writing Class

Everyone’s life is full of stories worth telling. Now is the time to share yours.


Celebrate your life path through writing. Connect with yourself and others in an encouraging environment. Each of us will write our life stories just two pages at a time, one week at a time with guidance, prompts, and reflection.

Under the guidance of personal historian Lindsey Hulstrom these classes will help you get started on writing your personal stories. Lindsey uses the Guided Autobiography method - a process for life story preservation and exploration through individual autobiographical writing and group sharing.

During each class, you will receive life story ideas, guidance, relevant exercises to prompt writing, and a broad life theme on which to write a two-page story. Time between classes will be used for reflection and to write your two page story to be read aloud at the next class. Each two-hour class will provide general discussion, introduction of themes and time for you share your story.

No previous writing experience necessary. All levels of writing ability are welcome.  This class is designed for adult learners.

Note: You may register for either session or both.  Previous attendees are welcome to attend and you do not need to attend session 1 to attend session 2.

Summer Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays · June 18 - July 11, 2019 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm - Cancelled

Fall Session: Tuesday evenings · September 17 - October 29, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Register Online

Online registration is open until one day before the start of event.  We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.


$75 for six-week session. Space is limited.


In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started. All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrants name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer. We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Held at the UW-Whitewater at Rock County campus at 2909 Kellogg Avenue in Janesville. Classes are open to anyone over 18 and past participants are encouraged to sign up as the lessons will be completely different from past sessions. 

Summer Session

  • Days, Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays June 18 - July 11, 2019; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. No classes the week of July 1st
  • Location: UW-Rock County, Room 27 in Williams Hall
  • Instructor: Lindsey Hulstrom

Fall Session

  • Days, Dates and Times: Tuesday evenings, September 17 - October 29, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: UW-Rock County, Fireplace Lounge
  • Instructor: Lindsey Hulstrom

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.