WALPOLE — It begins at a large rectangular table just off the kitchen at Pam Bernard’s home on a hill overlooking this tidy New England-postcard town. Eight people arrive at the house and join her at the table, and there’s serious work to be done — lessons, critiques and discussions both heavy and lighthearted. During the three-hour session, there will be some laughter, but perhaps one or two might cry. It can be, at times, an emotional experience. They range in age from late 50s through 70s, certainly life’s veterans, from diverse backgrounds. And they’re here for a reason: to learn how to write their memoirs. They’re not necessarily professional writers, although a few might have some experience at that, so most are learning the basics of writing — no small task unto itself. But more importantly, they’re learning how to look at their lives as not simply a recitation of experiences, but at a much deeper level, attempting to put into words a theme of meaning to their existence. That’s a difficult but greatly rewarding task, says Bernard, the 73-year-old leader of the sessions, who regularly throughout the year offers eight-week workshops on memoir writing. “Memoirs are based […]