Course Details

964: "Please Talk About Me When I'm Gone" — Writing Your Personal Legacy Letter

February 4-8, 2019
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

How do you wish to be remembered by relatives and friends? What are the most important lessons you have learned? What advice do you wish to convey? In each session, you will hear useful information, write your own obituary, (write your legacy by describing the problem/action taken/result, write revisions according to the COLM formula (i.e., Content, Organization, Language, Mechanics) and discuss prescriptive suggestions for improvement.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Dennis Shaw
Dennis Shaw, a professional writer, served as an adjunct instructor at American University for four years. At the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, he was a Teaching Fellow as he earned an MA. He has published more than 400 articles about addiction, chronic diseases, employment, veterans' issues, etc. His novel is posted at