Mighty Pen: Reflect on your life experiences in writing

Make the journey from inspiration to a finished piece of writing to share with others
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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"

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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Certificate of completion.


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 going
Section 7: Chapter 7: Complete and share your story
Complete and share your story

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Instructor Biography

Lauren Jost, 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.”

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