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Triggering Memory

  • Saturday, January 06, 2024
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • The Mizell Center, 480 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


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Announcing our next In-Person Workshop

Triggering Memory
Lisa Napoli

About Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli had a long career in print, radio, TV, and online journalism. She has worked at the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and KCRW. She is the author of Radio Shangri-La, Ray & Joan, Up All Night, and Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie. 

Description of talk:

Triggering Memory

You’ve been living a fascinating life. Or, at least one you’d like to record, in some form or fashion, for the next generation. How do you collect your thoughts & achievements when you can’t even remember what you had for lunch yesterday? Lisa Napoli will help you. A skilled biographer with four books under her belt, Lisa’s been working as a “memoir coach” to help trigger memories and focus them for the personal memoir. Come spend a few hours with her and hear some key tricks.

Five things you will learn:

  • Learn the process of life-writing--yours or that of a treasured family member or friend. We'll cover these and other questions:
  • What are various forms a memoir can take?
  • How do you get started?
  • What are prompts (questions) to get you focused?
  • How do you sift through your archive--or those boxes of photos and papers discovered in your family member's attic? And how do you deal with the archival material you don't have?
  • What's the benefit of a start to finish memoir versus a "slice-of-life."

What you should bring

A key family photo or artifact.


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Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. 

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago