Thanksgiving Notes

Pre-COVID meeting place. We meet on Zoom now --and are a bi-coastal class now.
Pre-COVID meeting place. Since March, we’ve met on Zoom and are a bi-coastal class now.

22 November, 2020 —-My father died from Covid in May. We lost an aunt in June, but it’s unclear what finally took her.

Somehow it was arranged that I could safely have a major surgery in June. Am happily recovered. Amazed at, and thankful for, the skill and devotion of our medical healer people.

Am teaching/facilitating the memoir writing courses over the Zoom platform.

Wishing I’d bought stock in Zoom.

The current memoir writing session has 3 more weeks to go. It’s always a rich, fascinating ride listening to the stories. We’ll pickup again with a new 6 or 7 week session in January 2021. If you’d like to be notified, send me an email.

Most of my clients are writing for their family’s information; to pass the stories down clearly. Some clients are writing for publication, either as short stories or a book-length memoir. Some are brand new to writing; some are writing professionals.

The process is the same: show up and write the memories down. Then we polish a bit, flesh out the stories, get the details down. It’s really something to witness.

I send a hearty THANK YOU to all my memoirists. And to those of you who may take this on in 2021.

march 23, 2020 pandemic diary

The fridge is clean. The spices are sorted and arranged aesthetically. Cool weather crops are planted in the flower pots. I’ve bookmarked YouTube videos on gentle yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Zumba. Any minute I’ll start them, probably right after I become fluent in French and Italian via the free online classes. And in between checking my temperature. Waving to you all from my balcony……and sending you the love and good health vibes. —Barbara Mayfield. 23/March/2020  Southeastern Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, a hotspot.

Finch on balcony.
Finch on balcony.

2020 Fall Sessions begin 9/8 at 10a.m.

The Gentle, Wild Art of Memoir Writing FALL SESSION 2020: We began hosting writing workshops on March 19, 2020, on ZOOM video conferencing technology. It has worked really well, and has opened up our reach. We are based 8 miles from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and are working with memoirists across the country now. 

Write for 25 minutes on this topic. Tell us everything. Details, details, details.
Write for 25 minutes on this topic. Tell us everything. Details, details, details.

What better time to begin getting your memories onto the page? 

There are 2 Fall Sessions 2020:  Sept/Oct  and Oct/Nov/Dec

TUESDAYS #1 – 10 a.m. – Noon Eastern Time, 6 weeks, 9/ 8 to 10/13,

TUESDAYS #2 – 10 a.m. – Noon Eastern Time, 6 weeks, 10/20 to 11/24 . 

THURSDAYS#1 – 1pm – 3pm Eastern Time, 6 weeks,  9/10 to 10/15 

THURSDAYS#1 – 1pm – 3pm Eastern Time, 6 weeks,  10/22 to 12/ 3. (No class on 11/26)  Thursdays are setup for new students. Begin your process here.

 $150 for any/each 6-week session. Contact Barbara with questions and to enroll. Reserve your place: Venmo @MayfieldMediaLLC, CashApp  $bjm2233 or by Paypal invoice.

Looking forward to working with you.


2 new classes at Mainline Art Center’s 2020 Fall Lineup

Memoir Writing and The Illustrated Memoir. These are 6-week sessions, 3-hour classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Details are on MLAC’s website. Enroll directly through the art center!!

Memoir essays in their binder. Janice rocked this part.