Mighty Pen: Reflect on your life experiences in writing
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Mighty Pen: Reflect on your life experiences in writing

Make the journey from inspiration to a finished piece of writing to share with others
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
37 students enrolled
Created by Lauren Jost
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write about places, develop characters and write dialogue
  • Explore and select themes that connect your life stories
  • Develop a writing project that ties several stories together into your "big theme"
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Requirements
  • You'll only need to bring your trove of experiences, pen and paper! You might want to start a new journal or fresh legal pad. As your writing develops, you can switch to a computer if you wish.
Description

Are you carrying around stories you’d like to write about? This course guides you on the journey from your initial inspiration to a finished piece of writing you can share with others. After a gentle introduction, the course delves into writing about places, character development and dialogue. In the middle chapters you’ll explore ###em/em### that run through your life stories, and choose one to organize your stories around. The last two chapters guide you to finish, and then share or publish your written work. The chapter outline is at right. Handouts for each chapter include exercises, tips and examples.

We recommend viewing one chapter a week. Of course, you can revisit previous chapters and exercises at any time.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is designed for adults with plenty of life experience to draw upon, and the desire to revisit their past and share memories with others
  • The course is designed for adults with rich and varied life experiences, who wish to revisit their past and (if they wish) share memories with others
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Curriculum For This Course
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Chapter 1: Set a writing goal and free-write
1 Lecture 04:43

Chapter 1: Set a goal and free-write

Preview 04:43
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Chapter 2: Writing about people
1 Lecture 12:14
Writing about people
12:14
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Chapter 3: Writing about places
1 Lecture 11:00
Writing about places
11:00
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Chapter 4: Organizing stories around a theme
1 Lecture 06:46
Organizing stories around a theme
06:46
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Chapter 5: Finding your style and genre
1 Lecture 07:01
Finding your style and genre
07:01
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Chapter 6: Writing tips to keep you going
1 Lecture 11:06
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Chapter 7: Complete and share your story
1 Lecture 13:11
Complete and share your story
13:11
About the Instructor
Lauren Jost
5.0 Average rating
1 Review
37 Students
1 Course
Arts educator

Lauren Jost teaches memoir writing to older adults in schools, libraries and community centers in New York City. She has taught for Lifetime Arts, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and New York University.  She is also Artistic Director of Spellbound Theatre, New York City’s only theatre creating original works for the very young. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Whitworth University and a master’s degree in Theatre and Community from New York University.

A participant in one of Lauren’s in-person workshops wrote: “This has truly been a memorable & inspiring workshop. I will not stop writing.”