The Wallis offers two courses for older adults designed to stimulate creativity, connect to others, and tell your personal story. At this time, the courses are held virtually through the ZOOM platform. Class sessions start several times per year and classes sell out quickly!
Watch the most recent class performances here and the premiere presentation here.
Please email instructor, Debra Pasquerette (pictured), for more information, questions or if you would like to be put on the email list to find out when the next session starts:



Do you have a story to tell? Adults ages 55+ are invited to connect with others and spark their creativity! During this virtual course, you will learn:

- How to write stories from your life that are important to you

- How to tell your story to others

- Creative ways to capture your life through journaling and connecting to others

- How to share your story at a culminating virtual presentation!

- Engage with others in a community



During this virtual course, students ages 55+ will explore their creativity and connect with others to share personal stories using various forms of artistic expression – the written word and beyond! Using such things as collage, photography, and music to enhance their stories.

- How to write stories from your life that are important to you

- How to best tell your story to others

- Creative ways to capture your life through journaling, writing plus other art forms to inform your writing

- Share your story in a virtual presentation

- Engage with others in a community




"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