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Patricia Benesh

San Diego, California

Intergenerational Partnering
to Create a Memoir


Patricia​'s class pairs younger family members with their parents and grandparents using step-by-step techniques that lead to sharing their foremost memories and publishing them down as a memoir for future generations.

What will I learn in 20 minutes?

This intro session engages family members into the beginning conversations that guide them through the first steps of  memoir writing



Patricia Benesh, is the visionary behind and, drawing English-speaking writers from around the world. Since 1999, Patricia has helped writers succeed based on their realistic goals and expectations. Among her clients was Thomas Steinbeck (son of John Steinbeck). Her services address fiction, nonfiction, and memoir writing and include manuscript development, review, editing, publishing, and marketing. offers a suite of memoir-writing materials including 7 Memories: How to Write a Memoir in 28 Days; 7 Memories: Partnering to Write a Memoir; 7 Memories: Write Your Awesome Obituary, available at Amazon, and the online program, MemoirMagicTM. Her guides show individuals, step-by-step, how to write their own memoirs or obituaries. Family, friends, activity directors, and caregivers learn how to help others create memoirs or obituaries. Her books and workshops are based on Reminiscence Therapy to spark memories for those whose recall may be fading. Her book, 7 Memories: Partnering to Write a Memoir, is a required text by UCSD in its intergenerational Life Course Scholars program.

A former professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Patricia holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins. She has spoken at numerous US and international conferences and is recognized in Who's Who in Education. She has published extensively in books, journals, and business periodicals and has written for the Huffington Post, American Chronicle,, EzineArticles, and Suite 101.

Patricia lives in San Diego, CA with her life partner and enjoys the sunny SOCAL life.

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