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     Anne Middleton teaches Life Storybook Workshops, which use, as the starting foundation, the Guided Autobiography (GAB) story themes approach pioneered in the 1970s by the late Dr. James Birren, a noted gerontologist. Students also have the option of writing each week about a topic of their own choosing.

     A certified GAB instructor since 2011, Anne teaches in private homes in La Jolla, CA (winter/spring) and Tahoe Vista, CA (summer/fall).

     Anne will teach an 8-week Guided Autobiography (GAB) class in La Jolla on Monday mornings, 10 am-noon (January 13, 2025 - March 3, 2025). She will also offer an afternoon class (1-3 pm) in La Jolla on these same Mondays. Cost of the 8-week class: $300.

     Anne plans to teach GAB classes in Tahoe Vista, CA, starting in September 2024.

∙ During an 8-week Guided Autobiography (GAB)/Life Storybook Workshop, participants meet weekly for two hours. Classes include instruction to assist students with the weekly writing assignment. Traditional GAB story themes include key life turning points; family; friendships; school days; major life work; family celebrations and holidays; historical times, vacations/travels, pets, 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 setting (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 -- most often in a hardbound book or a more simply organized format. No writing experience necessary.

∙ Anne also offers advanced, personalized workshops for those who completed the introductory GAB course. Students are encouraged to take as many GAB courses as they wish until they have completed all desired stories for their life story book(s).

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

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