Instructor: Thelma Zirkelbach
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 03/15/2021 - 03/29/2021
SCN Member: $96.00
Class synopsisParticipate in writing exercises that will lead up to a legacy letter expressing your wisdom, values, experience, hopes for the future. Legacy letters can be written to leave for family or to others for special occasions.
Participants will learn the history of legacy letters, reasons for writing them and engage in writing exercises to stimulate ideas and finally write their own letter. Class participation and sharing are encouraged. Additional exercises are given as homework. Instruction will take place via Zoom.
Participants will learn the background of legacy letters
Participants will engage in writing exercises that will help them consider what their letters should contain.
Participants will write their own legacy letters by the end of class.
Class communication methodClasses will be on Zoom. Handouts will be provided that summarize each class. Homework suggestions will be provided. Students can communicate with the instructor or each other via email.
- History of legacy letters
- Top 7 reasons for writing a legacy letter
- Occasions for legacy letters
- Writing Exercise: Imagine interviewing a deceased family member. What would you ask? Sharing
- Writing Exercise: What I Have Learned from grandparents, parents, spouse, children, siblings, from experience Sharing
- Writing exercise: I remember/…
Homework:: Choose one:
Make a timeline of your life, listing important milestones or
List various roles you have played in your life. Write several sentences about each
- Sharing and discussing homework
- Writing exercise: Successes, Challenges, Life lessons Regrets, Sharing
- Writing exercise: The Funeral: What will people say about you? How do you want to be remembered?\
Homework: Write your letter (or the beginning if you intend to write a longer one)
- Read and discuss homework
- Wrap up
Class time commitmentClass time ½ hours plus 1 hour for homework
Thelma Zirkelbach grew up in Austin, Texas and has lived in Houston for most of her adult life. She has lived “a double life,” with two rewarding careers: writer and speech pathologist. She has two children and one granddaughter. She shares her apartment with Cassie, a very intelligent and demanding cat.