Kick start your memoir - writing exercises
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Building your confidence and igniting your memory enabling you to start writing a memoir with these writing exercises
4.5 (44 ratings)
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5,714 students enrolled
Created by Jacqui Malpass
Last updated 2/2013
English
Price: $20
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Unlock hidden memories
  • Ignite your passion for writing
  • Kick start your memoir
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Requirements
  • Open mind and a desire to try the exercises
  • Pen, paper or a computer
Description

How to turn your life into story

Writing about your life is a way to make sense of your life, it helps you to heal and it is an amazing way to leave behind a legacy - your legacy.

Memoir lets you share your stories, in a way that lets others see what you went through (good or not so good), shows who you are and says 'maybe I can help you, maybe you can learn from me."

That feels good doesn't it?

To get you started I have some great memoir writing exercises.  Once you start to pull all of these together you will be on your way to your first memoir.

This course writing exercises for writing a memoir delivers:

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  • Ten chapters of your life
  • Lots of writing exercises to kick start your memory and your writing
  • A workbook with all of the exercises in

Start your trip down memory land today.

Take this ultimate Writing Exercises course right now and start writing a memoir.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to write a memoir and doesn't know where to start
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Curriculum For This Course
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Before you start
4 Lectures 14:18

Before we begin

Having the right tools and resources makes it easier to get started and stay on track.  Your writers’ rucksack contains a set of useful ways of working, gadgets and devices that will enable you to make your writing life easier. 

Preview 09:54

Your workbook
The Workbook
25 pages

Your timeline

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Stuffed away in the time capsule of your mind are millions of memories.  They are locked away in folders with little tags on that say been there done that, no longer interesting.  It is only when you pull out the folders and scatter the papers on the floor can you see connections.  Scribbled on the sepia tinted parchments of time are your stories. As you put these into categories and re-file them away in different order a new map of your life will emerge.

Timelines provide a visual roadmap, which give you the big picture in the form of a map.  Clarity will come because the human mind sees things in patterns.  When you see patterns you make connections. 

Timelines
02:51
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Chapters of your life
10 Lectures 55:55

A little bit about you

In chapter one of your life, we start to explore who you are.  These exercises help to set the scene for your memoir,

  • Who are you?
  • What is your story?
  • Why are you writing your memoir?
  • What is the most important thing you want to discover?
  • What are the life experiences that make you who you are?
  • If you were to view your life from an outsider's point of view, what would you know about your life?

Chapter 1 - who am I?
07:59

My family and other strange animals

In my family we start to explore the other people in your life.  These exercises include a range of questions that you can use to interview family members.

Chapter 2 - my family and other strange animals
05:35

Earliest memories

In exploring our earliest memories we can start to uncover some of the things that place us where we are today.  Many people find early memories hard to recall.  So we are looking at trying to locate these and adding a sensory richness to the events.

Chapter 3 - my earliest memories
04:27

School days

We spend many years at school and school can evoke many things.  In these writing exercises we are trying to remember things like first days, best friends, last days, favourite teacher.

Chapter 4 - School days
03:55

My neighbourhood

In this exercise you are looking at being creative and pulling together a multitude of things onto a map storyboard to represent your neighbourhood, which my reach out as far as the universe.  From here it is about connecting things and taking a journey between two unseemingly unconnected things.

Chapter 5 - My neighbourhood
02:36

Falling in and out of love

We don’t only fall in and out of love with boyfriends and girlfriends, we do the same for all kinds of people and things.

Who are those people who have had the most impact on us through love?

How you like to show your love to others, what kinds of things others do that make you feel loved, and how you know when someone cares about you.

What does it mean to love yourself as you are? How does loving and accepting yourself affect your ability to love and accept others?

Who do you now love that you once hated and vice versa?  What memories do you have of those turning points?

Chapter 6 - Falling in and out of love
09:12

If only

One of the most difficult things for many people to do is to look back and take stock of all those things they could, should or would have done differently. Regret is pointless, this is all in the past, however as a memoir exercise it is a good way to look at how our journey has progressed and how these may have been turning points.

What are those turning points?

Looking back are you actually glad you didn’t….?

Chapter 7 - if only
03:40

Sex, drugs and rock and roll

You may be writing your memoir so that future generations will be able to delight in your life and times. However, not all stories are tea and sandwiches on the lawn, some have been abusive, deadly and filled with fear. Others angry, violent, the victim turned renegade. Exploring the dark stuff can be emotional and cathartic and it could also the ingredients that makes your memoir into a page turning feast.

These are sometimes the harder things to write about and often the things that we really want to get out there.  We are fearful of being judged.  It is however, important to remember that who you were is not who you are and these are just stories that form part of your journey and go to make you who you ware.  Also these may be the areas of conflict and emotion in your memoir and are where your turning points are.  You do not have to disclose everything, but they are significant signposts never the less.

Chapter 8 - Sex, drugs and rock and roll
07:16

Highs and lows

Ups and downs, highs and lows, good times and bad times, it’s all part of life. Life is about contrast and everyone has highs and lows. Memoirs take us on a journey up to a crisis or a conflict and onto a resolution.  It is about comparing and contrasting the situations that you find yourself in.  It’s called experience.

An example may be of being depressed, which is a debilitating time for many.  It’s a big low, followed by a turning point and a journey back to life’s highs and more happier times.

If someone were to ask you what your most important life lessons have been, what would you say? And why? What was the high point and what was the low point?

Chapter 9 - Highs and lows
07:01

Changing points

At the end of every book or story is the thing that changed or the moral of the story.

Thinking of your life story, your memoir, what was the challenge that you faced, what choices did you make and what was the outcome?

What is the moral of your story?  What is the key message you want your reader to leave with? What is the lesson that you learnt?  What do you want your reader to know or do as a result of reading your memoir?

Chapter 10 - Changing points
04:14
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What next?
1 Lecture 02:09

What are your next steps?

Create an outline and think about writing your book.....

Chapter outline
02:09
About the Instructor
Jacqui Malpass
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Transformation & Writing Coach. Writing for the soul guide.

Using a unique blend of skills based around writing, creativity and lifestyle I work with my clients to explore 'you' and out of that we work together to get you back to a place where you are ready to fly. 

Think of me as your tough friend, the one that knows you well and doesn’t let you get away things...

My experience as a coach (journaling, writing, books, executive), trainer (personal development and writing), strategist (personal branding and marketing), nutritionist and as a human who has experienced her fair share of stuff creates a powerful combination of knowledge, skills and experiences with which to support you.

How will we do ‘it’? It is what you want it to be. 

You see this is an exploration with no set rules or guidelines. We will be tapping into your inner wisdom to discover what needs to be known. From there strategies and plans can be made, outcomes sought and actions taken.

You may want to write a book for your business or for cathartic reasons. You may want a sounding board for your personal brand strategy. You may want to improve your health. Whatever you come with, these are like your doctor might say, your presenting symptoms. What lies beneath is what needs to surface so that you can make good choices.

Author of
★ Writing to Heal
★ Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend 
★ Navigate - Executive Leadership Journey (Part 1 and 2)
★ The Conscious Woman's Guide to Leaving Her Husband and Getting a Life
★ The Conscious Woman's Guide to Divine Inner Wisdom (2017)

My Udemy courses

I adore working with inspirational, enthusiastic, energetic people with strong messages. People who want to make a difference. I would love to become part of your onward journey, the one that sees you finding your voice, writing an amazing book, becoming the best version of you and rocking that out to the world.

My passion is helping you to discover the book inside of you, and help you to be come a published author, so that you can leave your legacy, heal, share your inspirational message, have fun, and build a personal brand that really rocks.

So, you want to write a book and turn it into a course...

I am an expert at getting your story out, and really finding the essence of what you want to say. And then saying it so that it is engaging and makes someone want to pick up and read your book.

I will take you from idea (or no idea) to outline, from planning it out to make writing easier, first draft to really enabling you to engage with your reader, and helping you to create something bigger than your book. My book 'Plan Your Non Fiction Book in a Weekend', really helps writers to find their idea and get it planned so that writing and publishing becomes easy.

For those people who are stuck with their personal story, my book 'Writing to Heal' helps you to transform through writing, we go on a journey from journaling, reflecting and on into creative life writing.

I used my book Stolen Petals which is a healing memoir as inspiration for supporting others to write memoirs.

I have a background in professional training and personal branding and I additionally combine these skills to teach you how to turn your book into a course and how to build your personal brand.

So who am I?

I have been described in many ways - enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world.

In between drinking white tea with peppermint, experimenting with recipes and walking the the loves of my life - Ferdy dog, Marley Moo & Angel, I can be found writing non fiction and soon my first children's book. And I do a bit of abstract arty stuff with wire and wool.