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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.
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|Section 1: Chapter 1: Set a writing goal and free-write|
Chapter 1: Set a goal and free-write
|Section 2: Chapter 2: Writing about people|
Writing about people
|Section 3: Chapter 3: Writing about places|
Writing about places
|Section 4: Chapter 4: Organizing stories around a theme|
Organizing stories around a theme
|Section 5: Chapter 5: Finding your style and genre|
Finding your style and genre
|Section 6: Chapter 6: Writing tips to keep you going|
Writing tips to keep you goingPreview
|Section 7: Chapter 7: Complete and share your story|
Complete and share your story
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.”