Fiction, Memoir, Writing courses

New online course | Claiming Our Stories, Part One: The Power of Writing Fiction and Autobiographical Fiction

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My course Claiming Our Stories, Part One: The Power of Writing Fiction and Autobiographical Fiction is now available for you take online, at your own pace. If you want to work with me on the writing you generate during the course, I am available for critiques and coaching.

Learn more about the course and sign up here.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn approaches to expand and deepen your creativity, bringing forward powerful images and potent moments in your story.
  • Learn to access memories difficult or painful to recall, through story craft, sensory exercises, and writing explorations.
  • Learn to work with details of description that do more than one job, as they should.
  • Find the narrator of your life, or of your fictional story.
  • Learn to flesh out other voices that inhabit your memory and imagination, making them surprising, complex, and able to move your story forward.

Whether you have wanted to tell your own life story, or are drawn to embody your truths in fiction peopled by your own invention, we will explore ways of working with your experience to bring forward stories with powerful truth at their core.
Through the eye-opening lectures and generative writing explorations of this course you can expect to take great steps in the process of writing story, from opening and revealing the work, to developing and crystallizing it, using both the truth of your experience and the brilliance of your imagination.

Learn approaches to expand and deepen your creativity, bringing forward powerful images and potent moments in your story.
Learn to access memories difficult or painful to recall, through story craft, sensory exercises, and writing explorations.
Learn to work with details of description that do more than one job, as they should.
Find the narrator of your life, or of your fictional story.
Learn to flesh out other voices that inhabit your memory and imagination, making them surprising, complex, and able to move your story forward.

You’ll dive deep through a series of grounded lectures, expansive writing explorations, memory and sensory exercises, and focused and open-ended freewrites; with help from the work of evocative writers using a vast spectrum of approaches.

You will draw on what is deepest in you to write the stories you have always wanted to tell, locate the narrators of your life, flesh out other voices that inhabit your memory and imagination, and find the structure of your telling.

Whether you are straining to find a way into your material, or trying to “re-vision” your work to bring forward its meaning and thematic coherence, this course can propel your writing forward. It will support your work with memory and what it reveals, develop strategies to keep your memory activated, and create a compelling narrator able to tell your story.

The lectures and writing explorations work to expand and deepen your creativity; bring forward powerful images, potent moments, metaphors, and underlying meaning; and help you weave the parts of your story together into one.

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