January 23, 2019

4-week class: Mastering Scene—Unlock the Power of Your Memoir:

Tuesdays (4pm PT/7pm ET)—Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13


In this 4-week craft intensive, we’ll lead you through what you need to know to create vivid scenes that transport the reader into the “fictive dream” of your real-life story.

Class 1—Oct 23: What Is Scene? Defining what makes a scene and how to decide what to include in your memoir.

Class 2—Oct 30: Time Matters: Anchoring your reader, tracking time in relation to previous scenes, and flashback and memory.

Class 3—Nov 6: Who’s in the Story? How to make your characters real people on the page.

Class 4—Nov 13: Your Courageous Voice: How to use narration, reflection, and takeaway to write a memoir that touches readers’ hearts.


Write Your Memoir with Support and Accountability

goals for new yearWhen you decide to write a memoir, you begin a journey into the heart of who you are. You draw upon memories, desires, imagination, and writing techniques to paint a picture of your life, or a portion of your life. You start down the long and winding path toward becoming a writer, and eventually a published author. Published author—yes! This is the goal of most memoir writers. You may want to learn from your story, or even settle some old scores (internally and externally), but mostly, as a memoirist, you want to share your wisdom and your story—if only you can get it done! That is the challenge.

As coaches and writers ourselves, we know that good, consistent writing emerges and blossoms with structure, accountability, and encouragement. These are the cornerstones of Write Your Memoir in Six Months. You and a cohort of eleven other memoirists will embark upon a journey together that will culminate in the book you’ve been wanting, needing, and longing to write.

We treat the process of writing a memoir like the journey it is. You will encounter three stages—the excitement of getting started; the muddy middle where you may encounter a few snarls and saboteurs; and the long-range view to the end, when you’re weaving all the pieces together and the finish line is in sight.

Here are the five things we believe any memoirist needs for this journey:

1. Consistency—your body in front of the computer regularly (daily for a short time is ideal).
2. Accountability—someone who’s expecting you to deliver on what you want for yourself.
3. Goals—when you have goals, you’ll know when you reach them.
4. Guts—the sheer determination to write and write, consult, edit, rethink, and write some more.
5. Patience—it takes time to write a book. But you only can do it one sentence at a time.

We are two passionate memoir advocates who have coached hundreds of authors through the completion of their manuscripts and all the way to publication. In this course, you’ll be met with support each step of the way—getting your fill of craft and technique, as well as the necessary emotional support that a journey like this requires.