Online Workshops


Write Your Mother’s Story in a community where we gather to share our experience, our writing, and tell the stories that need to be told.

Writing your mother’s story is a self care exercise where you detach from your busy life for a short time to really look at your memories and the stories you hold that are the foundation of who you are. You will discover the joys and challenges that come from organizing memories, finding mysteries and looking at your mother in a new light. This will prepare you for the wonder and empathy building experience of hearing other people share their stories. You will hear stories you’ve never heard before and find people who have similar experiences to your own. Everyone benefits from discussions on how to best deal with telling the Scary Bits of a life where the truth can be told with compassion and without judgement.

Check out the latest workshop available to everyone everywhere:

The whole sheebang! Exercises, writing, and sharing in a six hour Live online course. Limited to 10 students using Zoom each class meets with Marilyn Norry for two hours to discuss memoir writing, mothers, women’s history, as well as exercises to understand the writing recipe we use. Then everyone writes their Discovery Drafts – their whole mothers’ stories in two hours. Then we meet on Zoom to share stories and discuss individual issues and concerns. Done!

The first workshops will be Mother’s Day weekend Saturday May 11, Sunday May 12, Monday May 13 from 10am – 4 pm Pacific Time.

This is the pilot course as we try out the technology so if you can’t make these dates or have suggestions for future classes, please contact us at mothersstory[at] Marilyn intends to hold a class once a month but exclusive classes for particular time zones, companies, groups of friends etc can be arranged.

Discussions are underway for a membership course where people who have written their mothers’ stories gather to hear new stories being shared, resolve editing and story challenges, and participate in wide ranging discussions on the current circumstances of women in the world. There will also be writing exercises and prompts to stimulate new story ideas.

Marilyn also hopes to interview guests who will bring their particular insights on writing, genealogy, women’s history, women in film and media, family relationships, dealing with mothers, dealing with dementia, dealing with downsizing, worldwide political actions and whatever other topics need to be told.

We also plan to have a workshop in 2019 for people wishing to become Facilitators of My Mother’s Story groups. There will be a live weekend and ongoing online participation. Details to follow.

Learn more and sign up!