Heidi Thorsen is a career teacher having taught in public and private schools for over 31 years. Her educational credentials include a B.A. in Education from Concordia University, River Forest, IL and a M.Ed. from the University of WA in Elementary Science Curriculum. She is a Core Council member for the Birren Institute for Autobiographical Studies through which she is also a licensed Guided Autobiography instructor.
Recognizing the joy sharing one’s stories brings to individuals and those who hear those stories, she became interested in teaching memoir writing to adults. As she shared the idea with friends and community members, she saw not only a strong interest in writing life stories, but a desire to work in small groups. Students who have taken this class have discovered the very rich learning that happens when one shares their stories with others. Not only do others’ stories trigger memories, a person gains tremendous insight into their own life, complete with successes and challenges, joys and heartaches, and of course life’s abundant humor. When people finish this 16 hour course, they have 7 completed life stories – they are well on their way to a collection of their written legacy. It is a true joy to share this life discovery journey with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.