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The Wallis offers two courses for older adults designed to stimulate creativity, connect to others, and tell your personal story. Courses are held either in-person or virtually through the ZOOM platform. Class sessions start several times per year and sell out quickly! Click the "Join Now" links below for current course schedules and information. Please email Victoria Kemsley to register or if you have questions:
Watch the most recent class performances here and the premiere presentation here.

Do you have a story to tell? Adults ages 55+ are invited to connect with others and spark their creativity! 

Learn how to: 

- write stories from your life that are important to you
tell your story to others while engaging with and connecting to a creative community 
- share your story at a culminating virtual presentation!


During this course, students ages 55+ will share personal stories using creative writing and various forms of artistic expression, such as collage, photography, and music to enhance their stories.



Have you ever wanted to write a play, TV pilot, or screenplay but didn’t know where to start? Or have you begun a script you haven't been able to finish? SCRIPTING will teach you the fundamentals of story building so that you can make it to “Fade Out. The End.” For ages 55+.

Visit for current education listings, enrollment, and information. 

"In Beyond Words, a class which asks participants to embrace not only their latent storyteller/author selves, but also their latent Rembrandt/Georgia O'Keefe self, we use a combination of our visual art with our written art to achieve our highest expression. And as always, our teacher, Debra Pasquerette, remains our rock, our guide, our muse; urging us to give the fullness of ourselves."
- Aviyah, Beyond Words and Staged Stories Particpant

"Staged Stories and Beyond Words have gifted me with a new and exciting way of communicating my thoughts and ideas to the world in general, and in particular, by helping me formulate and publish my memoirs."
- Ira, Beyond Words and Staged Stories Participant

"I’ve been taking adult education classes for eons, but I've studiously avoided any and all online courses. I was scared that they would be impersonal and unengaging. Having taken this class, I felt like I’d invited the class into my living room, so comfortable and energetic and thoroughly involving."

- Judy Silk, Staged Stories Participant

"Beyond Words is a fantastic forum to help you discover your hidden voice and hidden talents. At age 70, I wrote my first poem and loved it. Also, creating a collage to accompany my written piece about my mom’s 90th birthday allowed me to revisit my mom, her sisters and all my cousins. Hearing my classmate’s stories united us with common shared life experiences. I wish I could take Beyond Words again. Big big thanks to the Wallis."
- Toni Randall, Beyond Words and Staged Stories Participant