Classes
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Fall 2017

Section 0705 of OA502
Autobiographical Writing for Older Adults -- : Aug 25 - Dec 22 2017
Class focuses on memoir writing.

Section 0717 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 23 - Dec 20 2017
Class focuses on American history.

Section 0718 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 23 - Dec 20 2017
Class focuses on American history.

Section 0726 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 22 - Dec 19 2017
Class focuses on American history.

Section 0878 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 23 - Dec 20 2017
Class focuses on American history.

Section 1885 of OA502
Autobiographical Writing for Older Adults -- : Aug 25 - Dec 22 2017
Class focuses on memoir writing.

Section 2065 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 22 - Dec 19 2017
Class focuses on American history.

Section 2985 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 22 - Dec 19 2017
Class focuses on American history.

Summer 2017

Section 8240 of OA502
Autobiographical Writing for Older Adults -- : Jun 23 - Aug 11 2017
Class focuses on memoir writing.

Section 8296 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 21 - Aug 09 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 8334 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 20 - Aug 08 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 8419 of OA502
Autobiographical Writing for Older Adults -- : Jun 23 - Aug 11 2017
Class focuses on memoir writing.

Section 8593 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 20 - Aug 08 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 8594 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 21 - Aug 09 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 8927 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 21 - Aug 09 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 9000 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 20 - Aug 08 2017
Class focuses on history.

Spring 2017

Section 4130 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 17 - May 23 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 5755 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 17 - May 23 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 5876 of OA502
Autobiographical Writing for Older Adults -- : Jan 20 - May 26 2017
Class focuses on memoir writing.

Section 5882 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 18 - May 24 2017
Class focuses on history.

Section 6019 of OA502
Autobiographical Writing for Older Adults -- : Jan 20 - May 26 2017
Class focuses on memoir writing.

Section 6262 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 17 - May 23 2017

Section 6264 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 18 - May 24 2017

Section 6704 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 18 - May 24 2017
Class focuses on history.

I began my teaching career in 1969. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I began substitute teaching in Oakland, a baptism by fire.

In 1972, after much traveling, I received my teaching credential from Sonoma State, now fully trained to teach high school history. Trouble was, I didn't want to teach in a high school. So I traveled again, occasionally giving career plans serious thought.

In 1977, I began to write in earnest. Settling into the stands of an abandoned soccer stadium in Florence, Italy, I penned a short story about an experience I had in Meshad, Iran. Over the years, the story grew into a novel. It still sits in my desk drawer.

Then I wrote a long nonfiction piece about my previous life as an umpire in professional baseball. Titled "Dress Blues and Tennis Shoes," it recounts my days traveling the South and umpiring in the Texas League with a black partner. It was well received by everyone who read it, a list that did not include anyone actually interested in publishing it.

At last I found a workable writing niche. I began to interview and profile world-class adventure athletes--climbers, long-distance runners and cyclists, speed skiers, and so on. As of this writing, I have profiled more than sixty such athletes and authored 40 books, including "How to Write Your Life Stories: Memoirs that People Want to Read."


I have been teaching autobiographical writing for fourteen years now. I love not only what it does for the students, but what it does for me. Autobiographical writing classes offer students and teachers alike intellectual stimulation, camaraderie, thought-provoking discussions, and a lot of laughs. I am a big fan.