Write and Publish Short Stories Based on Life Experiences
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Write and Publish Short Stories Based on Life Experiences

Want to inspire readers and touch their emotions as you write about your life? If so, this course teaches all you need.
4.6 (17 ratings)
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.
118 students enrolled
Created by Elizabeth Bezant
Last updated 2/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $75 Discount: 87% off
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand exactly what a Personal Essay is, and what is required to make it publishable.
  • Learn how to source and recognise true-life events and experiences that suit this style of writing.
  • Successfully write about true-life events in a way that makes them publishable and sought-after.
  • Understand the importance of weaving appropriate messages into the story and how to do it successfully.
  • Research and discover publishers who are actively looking for Personal Essays to publish, and understand exactly what they are looking for.
  • Recognise the Rights the publisher is asking for, and exactly what you are selling when you sign a contract.
  • Create and submit a professional-looking manuscript.
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  • A computer (PC or Mac).

People have always been curious about how other people live – that’s why publishers are always searching for true-life short stories, and why so many of them pay so well. But don’t be fooled though, there’s a definite skill to telling the right stories in the right way, and, to getting accepted.

I know this because I’ve been writing stories like these (often referred to as Personal Essays) for the last twenty years. I’ve had them published internationally, everywhere from in best-selling books like Chicken Soup for the Soul, and magazines worldwide, to being given a regular column in a national newspaper, to compiling other people’s stories in a couple of books for Carers, and just about everything in between.

If you’d like to learn all the tricks and skills I’ve learned about making money from this market, please enrol in this course, I’d be happy to teach you.

After all, we all have stories to share; the skill is simply sharing them in a way people want to hear them.

(Also, don’t forget, this course also comes with a FULL, 30-day money-back guarantee, so maybe the true question is: What have you really got to lose by enrolling?)

Who is the target audience?
  • People who are happy writing about aspects of their lives, and sharing those stories with the world.
  • People who have a good understanding of the English language and a genuine interest in writing.
  • It can be an added advantage if writers also have a reflective or philosophical outlook on life.
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Curriculum For This Course
2 Lectures 06:49

A step-by-step guided tour of this course's layout, so that you can find out if there are print-outs to go with the tutorial, and how to start discussions, send messages, write notes and post reviews.

Preview 05:36
The Essential Knowledge
3 Lectures 08:10

Here we cover how you need to write about your life to make it a sought-after Personal Essay.

What Is A Personal Essay?

Discover why every Personal Essay is special and unique, even if a variety of people write about the same event.

What Makes Your Story Special?

Learn how to recognise a publishable Personal Essay, and how to recognise what is not.

Researching Personal Essays
The Story
2 Lectures 07:41

A selection of techniques to help you find stories in your life that would make good Personal Essays.

Picking Your Story

Learn what kind of message you would want to include, how to include it, and why you should have one.

Preview 01:39
The Publisher
5 Lectures 15:41

Discover the numerous ways you can source publishers looking for Personal Essays to publish.

Finding A Market For Your Work

Once you've found a publisher you'd like to submit to, it's essential to find information on what kind of stories they are looking for and how they want the work submitted. This is what's covered here.

Finding Out What Publishers Want

Publishers can be very specific about the stories they want and how they want them submitted, so in this tutorial I'll cover how to go about understanding what they really want.

Understanding What Publishers Want

Rights are often over-looked by new writers, so in this tutorial I'll cover the most common Rights asked for, exactly what they mean and what you should consider when signing them away.

Know Your Rights

All Rights are one of the most asked for Rights - and are also the most restrictive - for this reason, it's essential you know what you're agreeing to before you sign them away. Therefore, this tutorial goes into their pros and cons in detail.

Preview 02:30
The Writing
2 Lectures 14:57

Here, I'll go over some of the writing techniques you'll need to use to write a strong and publishable Personal Essay.

Essential Writing Style

This tutorial contains more writing skills you'll need to use to make the most of your story.

More Essential Writing Techniques
The Last Step
2 Lectures 03:46

Never underestimate the importance of editing. This tutorial covers why you need to edit and the best ways to do it.

Preview 01:55

Believe it or not, submission is a vital part of whether you get your work accepted or not, so don't take short cuts. Here I'll go over some final, and important, reminders with you.

Never Forget...
0 Lectures 00:00
What Is A Personal Essay?
4 questions

What Makes Your Personal Essay Special?
4 questions

Researching Personal Essays
1 question

The Message
3 questions

Finding A Market For Your Work
4 questions

Finding Out What Publishers Want
3 questions

Understanding What Publishers Want
4 questions

Know Your Rights
4 questions

When It's Worth Selling All Rights
2 questions

Other Vital Bits
3 questions
About the Instructor
Elizabeth Bezant
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1,376 Students
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Internationally-published Freelance Writer and Writing Coach

Elizabeth Bezant is not only a professional writer and writing coach, but she is also the founder of Writing to Inspire, a business designed to inspire, inform and empower writers everywhere.

Over the past 20 years Elizabeth’s diverse range of articles, stories, columns and educational features have been published in countless magazines, anthologies and newspapers across the world. The ones she is proudest of were included in: Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Living Abroad, and Grace; America’s Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chocolate for the Woman’s Soul, and Lollipops magazine; Australia’s Nova newspaper. Elizabeth has also had an English Second Language book published by ReadyEd Publication, self-published her own books Lost Outside These Walls and I Want to Write, But Don’t Know Where to Start, and compiled, co-written and published Stolen Moments and Caring Moments, two books created to support and guide people caring for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

As a Writing Coach, Elizabeth has provided individual coaching, mentoring, critiques and feedback to thousands of writers of all levels for well-over a decade. She’s also had regular television and radio segments, is regularly invited to give talks, run courses, give interviews and facilitate workshops.

While through her business, Writing to Inspire, Elizabeth has run and judged international writing competitions, provided regular writing prompts and offered ongoing advice and answers to writing questions.