Glamour Presents: How to Tell Your Story
What you'll learn
- Master the basics of storytelling and how that helps make a compelling piece of writing
- Master the six core pillars of storytelling including subject, voice, character, setting, turning point and revision.
- Learn best practices from top selling authors including Jessica Knoll ("The Luckiest Girl Alive"), J.Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements), Camille Perri ("The Assistants"), Stephanie Clifford ("Everybody Rise"), Mbolo Imbue ("Behold the Dreamers"), and Ed Park ("Personal Days")
- Produce a personal essay of your own that is ready to share with others.
- Know how to explore how to publish a written piece, and how to continue your writing for the future.
- Come with a desire to put your thoughts into words and a point of view you're excited to share!
At Glamour, we know how to tell a story. We produce more than 185 pieces of new content per day. That’s a lot of stories! And we know how to get them in the hands of readers who will take notice and remember them--1 in 8 American women reads what we publish. In this course, we will share our expertise with you to teach you how to craft YOUR story.
This class is for the person who wants to find their voice and share it in writing. Maybe you want to write a passionate post on Facebook. Maybe you need to craft just the right personal statement for your grad school application, or maybe you’re daydreaming about starting a blog. If you have something important, sad, scary, opinionated or hilarious to say and you want to find a compelling way to say it in writing—this class is for you.
CONTENTS & OVERVIEW
This course is made up of 49 short lectures, where you’ll get a comprehensive guide on how to write a personal essay of your own. Each lecture will introduce a key pillar or concept followed by a simple, practical step-by-step exercise designed to help you put the learnings to use. Although the course will focus on developing a personal essay, the method you’ll learn can help you write everything from a passionate blog post to a memoir to a fiction novel.
You’ll learn how to:
· Frame your subject
· Find your written voice
· Develop your character (even if that character is you)
· Evoke a compelling setting
· Plot your action or turning point
· Tackle the revision process
and much more!
Everything you need is here in this course, right down to the notecards you’ll use to organize your thoughts and shape your ideas.
Through Glamour’s exclusive access, you will also learn from six top-selling writers including Jessica Knoll, J.Courtney Sullivan, Camille Perri, Stephanie Clifford, Mbolo Imbue and Ed Park about how they apply each of these pillars of storytelling to their own writing. You’ll get their expert advice and plenty of inspiration to get you started on your path to becoming a writer.
By the end of this class, you will have completed a personal essay of your own. And you’ll learn some tips and tricks to help you continue with your writing and take this from a passion project to a career, if that’s your dream.
Be the author of your own story and join us.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for novice writers who feel they have something to say but who don’t know how to start putting words on the page
- This course is not a good fit for someone who has a lot of writing experience and a strong grip on the basics of storytelling.
Glamour is one of the biggest women's media brands, reaching one out of eight American women, with 10 million print readers and 11 million unique users online. Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and General Excellence for its category. Its content is available in an iPad edition, apps, podcasts, and books — including two New York Times bestsellers. Glamour's video channel, which boasts 141 million views across 60 series, has received substantial critical accolades, including two Television Academy honors. With a robust social strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Pinterest, Glamour’s total social media following is 14.5 million.
Elisabeth Egan is the books editor at Glamour, where she has worked for three years. She has also been an editor at Self and Amazon Publishing. She divides her time between reading and writing, and her essays and book reviews have appeared in Glamour, Self, People, O, Real Simple, Refinery29 and a number of newspapers, including The New York Times, The LA Times and The Washington Post.
Egan’s first novel, A Window Opens, is now available in paperback. She always wanted to be a writer, but she had no idea how to get started—until she decided to just sit down and start. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three kids, two cats, one dog and a crested gecko with a life expectancy of 27 years.