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Everyone has a story to tell. Don't let yours be lost!
Share your life story, or the story of family members with future generations. Children and grandchildren cherish the words we pass on to them and will return to them time and again.
This course shows you how to create an exciting and engaging biography or autobiography to share with friends, family and the world. It begins by introducing you to what makes a great biography, including:
Then you'll choose the approach to organize your story:
You'll learn techniques for creating professional writing including:
The heart of the course is a series of writing prompts that will get you brainstorming and turn your ideas into reality. Following these suggestions, your life will take shape on the page, almost magically:
Once your story is written, we'll look at the fun process of polishing and publishing your story:
Finally, with your manuscript finished, we'll show you how to share it with the world:
In this lively and fun course, Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve your dream. Step by step, you'll bring your story to life. Imagine the fun you and your family will have sharing these experiences!
Whether you're a first time or experienced writer, Write Your Life Story will show you how to share your history with others. Enroll now!
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|Section 1: Your Life Story|
|Meet Steve Alcorn and explore the complete syllabus of Write Your Life Story.|
|It may seem like a silly question, but there are lots of good reasons to write your life story, and understanding all of them will help you to decide what to include in yours.|
|Are you writing biography or autobiography, and should you write your autobiography as a biography? This lecture helps you answer those questions|
|The lecture helps you decide what to write about, and explains how to use your "Idea Notebook."|
|What form will your life story take? Block, article, short story or book? This lesson helps you decide.|
|Explore your readership and the themes your want to convey to them.|
|What to do - and not do - when writing your life story.|
|Section 2: Structure|
|How much can you bend the truth in your life story?|
|One way to tell your life story is by placing events in chronological order.|
|A second way to organize your life story is by theme.|
|The third way to organize your life story is as a series of anecdotes.|
|There are a number of different types of life stories. This lecture helps you decide which one works best for you.|
|Section 3: Writing Tools|
|Great writing requires understanding the difference between plot and story. This lesson reveals all.|
|Three Act Structure and my Nine Checkpoints are the key to writing a life story with impact and emotional flow.|
Choosing the best viewpoint and tense makes it easier to tell your story.
|Great dialogue is the key to bringing your life story to life.|
|Vivid settings are essential to transporting your readers to another place and time. This lecture shows you how to build vivid settings, step by step.|
|Section 4: Writing Prompts|
|Photos are great inspirational tools for telling your life story. Here's how to collect them and use them to inspire you.|
|Conversations and dialogue are different. Here's how to use your memories of the former to create the latter.|
|An interview process, whether by correspondence or in person, is a great way to gather material for telling your life story.|
How to use your ancestors as a part of your life story is explored in this lecture.
|Using a timeline of modern history is a great way to capture your memories of specific dates.|
|Childhood memories are some of our most vivid. Here are some ways to capture yours.|
|The toys we remember from childhood - and adulthood - tell a lot about who we are.|
|Pets can be very special parts of our lives. Be sure to tell readers about your in your life story.|
|The trials and joys of growing up - at all ages - are a big part of your life story.|
|What are the major accomplishments of your life that you'd like people to know about?|
|If you are a spiritual person, be sure to include that in your life story, to inspire others.|
|Holidays and their traditions are a fun topic to share with the readers of your life story.|
|Readers love to hear about romance. Here are some tips on sharing your romantic moments.|
|Into every life a little rain must fall, and you should be honest about how you dealt with hard times during your life.|
|All of life is about change. This lesson will show you how to identify the pivotal moments of yours and share them with others.|
If you are a parent, it's likely your children are a most important facet of your life. Here's how to share that with your readers.
|Section 5: Your Manuscript|
|Writing Big means using simple techniques to make your story as vivid, lively and memorable as possible. Here's how.|
|Editing can be fun! Here are some simple techniques that will make a world of difference to your manuscript.|
|Adding cover art and interior illustrations to your book is easier than you might guess, but there are some things you need to check.|
|Check to make sure you have the rights to material you plan to include in you life story.|
|Section 6: Publishing Your Work|
|Getting published is easier than you think! Here's how.|
|E-books now outsell printed books. You'll probably want to publish in both forms. These steps make it easy.|
|These fun and easy marketing techniques will help you introduce your life story to readers.|
|Thanks for taking this journey with me. Here are some next steps you can pursue with your writing.|
Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.
Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too!