Autobiography into Fiction
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Autobiography into Fiction

Learn to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction
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Created by Lisa Newton
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Turn their personal stories into a fictional piece
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  • An interest in creative writing

Are you a writer? Are you working on your book (or thinking of writing a book) and are wondering how to 'fictionalise' some of the real life things that have actually happened to you? Where do you start? What do you say? Do you change the names to 'protect the innocent'? Make bits of it up? or recount it exactly as you remember it happening? 

This course is all about developing your writing skills and exploring techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives - realistic or fantastical.

Have you ever read a piece of work and thought... hmmm I wonder if they really happened? Some stories are so 'real' that the author must either have a wild imagination, either that, or they've done their research. There is nothing wrong with using material from what you 'know' because you were there ... it happened to you, and perhaps you can even remember the dialogue in your head! This can save time. You don't have to 'make it up'... you already remember it! Your characters already came with their own lines... but you have to be careful. Not everyone wants to be written into your next book. It could've been a personal conversation that you had with someone - one which (for the sake of the friendship) needs to stay that way! Confidential!

On this course, we cover:

  • How to fictionalise your life, including: how to start, how to focus, and find a story-line and theme
  • Recasting and changing elements of the original “true” story including fictionalising people and events
  • Using different voices
  • Exploring dreams and fantasy as a way to fictionalise
  • How to use journals

Your dreams can be a huge source of material! Some people astral project and have been shown things that they want to write into a book because should they ever identify themselves as to where the true source came from... they'd probably be accused of mental instability! So we look at different scenarios and examples of great work.

Its one thing to talk about it. Quite another to read and experience it!

Whether you've been a drug addict in a previous life, had a hard life, was a prostitute, grew up in care, escaped an abusive relationship, nearly died, experienced heaven or hell... we all have a great story to tell!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with an interest in turning their autobiographical story into fiction
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Introduction to the course and your tutor
2 Lectures 08:56
4 Lectures 19:57

George Orwell's advice

10 Good writing habits

Autobiographical fiction
9 Lectures 54:57
Autobiographical fiction part 1

Fictionalised autobiography

When it all turns ugly

Autobiographical fiction part 2

Writing dialogue


Losing the plot!

Joys and Pitfalls

The Colonel
Conclusion and Next Steps
1 Lecture 03:27
In conclusion
About the Instructor
Lisa Newton
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Entrepreneur, Infopreneur & Serial Author

Lisa Newton BA MSc AAT has a masters degree in Investment Management and a first class honours degree in Accounting with Marketing. She formed her first company in 2004 with £150 in the same month of graduating from City University, London UK. Lisa has never had a full time 9 to 5 job in her life. She's a serial entrepreneur and author who holds directorships in various industries including telecoms, property management, publishing, hair & beauty as well as finance. She has won various awards in Business including: Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007, in 2008 Enterprising Business Award, in 2016 BE Mogul Award and has been nominated and shortlisted in numerous others. In 2011 and in 2012 one of her companies won Best Accounting Franchisor Award. In 2015 and 2017 one of her companies won Best Bookkeeping Business London (Accountancy International Awards).

Lisa's books include: How to write a book in two weeks, Constant Cashflow, Make the most of your money, How to start your own bookkeeping business, Cosmic ordering with Vision Boards, How to Franchise Your Business and Quickbooks Online The Handbook. Some of the books are in audio-format on itunes and audible.

Lisa hosts her own show The Authors Podcast which can be found on the iTunes channel.

Lisa supports the charity The MS Society. A speaker, coach, consultant and an avid networker, Lisa enjoys meeting people and working on projects with like-minded individuals.

In her spare time, Lisa likes traveling, dancing salsa, writing books, learning languages, meditation, yoga and cosmic ordering.