Guided Autobiography | TOYL Celebration

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Writing down your life stories has many benefits: recalling your past stories, for example, can help to delay the onset of memory loss.

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Writing down your life stories has many benefits. The process of recalling your past stories, for example, can help to delay the onset of memory loss. Your life stories can also help to shape the kind of care you receive as you age, as your preferences and experiences become known to those around you. Moreover, your life stories can help you to bond with the younger generation, giving them insights into your perspectives and life lessons.

Materials will be based on the book, ‘Guided Autobiography” by James E. Birren & Kathryn N. Cochran and pictures from the Singapore National Museum.


Please note the following terms of participation:

(a) During the Workshop, you will be creating works which could include written works, photography and videography works, art works and other works (“Works”). By registering for and attending the Workshop, NLB is granted the perpetual non-exclusive licence by you to deal in any way with the Works created by you in the Workshop for any NLB purposes of a non-commercial nature.

(b) Completed Works from the Workshop may be selected to be featured in an exhibition. If selected, you agree to loan your Works to NLB and it will be returned after the exhibition. We will share more details with you if you are selected.

(c) NLB shall have the right to capture videos and images relating to the Workshop including of you and your Works and to use the same for any NLB purposes such as in exhibitions, publications and presentations (including on online and successor platforms).

(d) You must ensure that the Works produced at the Workshop must not feature anything that:

i. Undermines prevailing social norms, for example by featuring nudity, offensive language or crime (these examples are not exhaustive);

ii. Can potentially be insensitive or cause disharmony among racial and religious groups; or

iii. Is political in nature.  

NLB’s decision on what is covered under (i), (ii) and (iii) above shall be final and participants may be asked to leave the Workshops for non-compliance.


About Time of Your Life Celebration 2021

A narrative is a personal story that conveys who you are and the forces that shaped you. It can also be a powerful tool to frame events and make sense of changes that take place in your life. At this year’s Time of Your Life Celebration 2021, explore your personal narratives with us through talks and workshops. Try your hand at new skills and weave your narrative threads into different forms of artwork that expresses who you are.

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  • This programme is conducted entirely online. You may access Zoom via the app or using a web browser
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  • The National Library Board, Singapore (NLB) reserves the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify or refuse admission to any registrant without any reason and notice
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