Your Life Tales

    Your Life is a Story: How Might You Tell It?


Anne Middleton, through "Your Life Tales,” offers life storybook workshops, which use the Guided Autobiography (GAB) method pioneered at the University of Southern California in the 1970s by noted gerontologist Dr. James Birren, as the starting foundation. Birren was founder of The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies. Students also have the option of writing about topics of their own choosing.


A certified GAB instructor since 2011, Anne teaches life storybook workshops in private homes in north Lake Tahoe (summer/fall) and San Diego (winter/spring). She will teach an 8-week GAB I course on Monday afternoons in La Jolla, CA, starting in early January 2018.

∙ During an 8-week Guided Autobiography (GAB)/Life Storybook I workshop, participants meet weekly for two hours. Classes include instruction to assist and motivate students with the weekly writing assignment. Traditional GAB story themes include a turning point; family; friendships; school days; major life work; holidays, and other topics. Students also have the option of writing each week about a topic of their own choosing. Each week, participants write a 2-page (or longer) story, which they read aloud during their next class. This confidential story sharing in a small group (no more than six students) is the heart of the GAB program. Stories, complemented with photos and other treasured memorabilia, become part of a legacy to share with family and friends -- in a paperback or hardbound book. No writing experience necessary.

∙ Anne also offers advanced, personalized Guided Autobiography/ Life Storybook workshops for those who completed the introductory GAB I course.

For information about upcoming classes, contact Anne at: or 858-229-2140 (cell phone).