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E-Courses

Writing a book is just a click away.

What is What's Your Story?

This course is for anyone who wants to write a book about their business, but doesn't know where to start. 

We use an event from your career to explore rough draft, characterization and setting. It's a safe, supportive, nurturing place.This is an e-course, which means you'll receive weekly video lessons and downloadable documents, and we'll be on a private Facebook forum to answer questions, share stories and provide ongoing support. Unlike other e-courses, I am very active in the forum and via email, providing personal support through the process. And you'll get two reviews of your story, written feedback personal to your process.

 

The Basics

  • Generate story ideas

  • Write a rough draft

  • Read successive versions of AofS Founder Caroline Allen's short story, which demonstrates the process of evolving a story.

  • Learn characterization

  • Create vivid setting description

  • Receive two written reviews of your story by professional writers and editors at Art of Storytelling, a $300 value. 

  • Share your story (and photos) on a private forum. What other classroom allows you to share so much of your process, including actual images of your work?


This course is for adult writers (18 years or older) who want to explore writing in a safe, supportive, and creatively exciting environment. This will give you the fundamentals so you can write your book.

Here's how it works:
Over a six week period, you'll receive scheduled emails with links to training video. Exercises build on each other, so you'd need to follow each one in order. The videos are easy to acces, and easy to use. This is a simple step-by-step process. All homework will be outlined in clear steps and will include a video explaining the lesson, as well as downloadable documents giving you the steps in writing.

You will receive an email at the beginning of the course to join a private Facebook Forum. Post your ideas, rough drafts, photos and questions to the forum. Sign in to see what your classmates are doing, to ask questions, and receive support. This is not compulsory. If you want to maintain complete privacy, that is fine, too. I am very involved with this forum, and you will not feel alone in this process!

You'll spend weeks between lessons doing the exercises.

If you follow the exercises, you could end up with the rough draft of chapter 1 of your book, and an understanding of how to write the other chapters.

Week by Week
Week 1 - The soul of your story. Rough Draft. We begin by exploring memories. We go deeply into our lives to excavate stories that are our "personal mythology". And we will spend the first week writing a rough draft.

Week 2 - More soul. Evolving the Rough Draft. This lesson is about researching your story. What if your rough draft comes out to be only three pages, double spaced? What if you can't remember your childhood? This lesson will provide tips to ignite your memory. You will spend the week working on the story and deepening it.

You will send your story at the end of this week to Art of Storytelling for a personal review, with written feedback! 

Week 3 - The color of your story. Characterization. Who are your characters? Who are the people who people your story? Your parents? A sibling? A teacher? A stranger? No matter who it is, you have to describe them. Our focus this week is on characterization.

Week 4 - More color. More characterization. We'll deepen into our understanding of the characters of our story.

Week 5 - The earth of your story. Setting. We all know from reading novels and memoir that rich setting description pulls us in and enriches us. Here we explore the elements of vivid setting description in this lesson.  

You will send your story at the end of this week to Art of Storytelling for a personal review, with written feedback! 

Week 6 - The barriers to your story. Writer's Block.  

What is stopping you from speaking your truth? We'll help you find out in this powerful exercise. Our goal is to help you access your natural creative flow.

Refund policy: Full refunds are available with 48 hours notice prior to the start of the E-Course. After the start of the E-Course, no refunds will be given, but you can take this class or another class of equal value at a later date, if desired. 

faq

What do I need to take this course?
A computer with a good internet connection, word-processing software like Microsoft Word, a journal, a pen, and perhaps a scanner to scan in old photographs.

Do I need to show up at a certain time on Wednesdays for the course?
No. Each new e-course will be emailed to you, and you can access it at any time. Remember, each lesson builds on the past lesson, so please view them chronologically.  Keeping abreast of the course allows you to share in real time with the other writers, and makes the experience more exciting.

How much time will I need to devote each week to the lessons?
About three hours.

Do I have to share my work on the forum?
No. Your privacy is important to us. If you don't feel like posting and sharing to the forum, you can just visit and see what everyone else is up to. The idea is for the forum to be a supportive place to go. Writing can be such a solo pursuit, and we all need support.

How do I pay?
We use PayPal for secure online payments. When you register it will take you automatically to the payment page.

Do you have an installment plan?
Yes. Email info.artofstorytelling@gmail.com and we'll let you know about our installment plans for paying for this course.

Can I pay in Euros or other foreign currency?
Yes. Paypal will automatically translate the payment into US dollars.

Can I take the course if English is my second language?
Yes. At Art of Storytelling, we've worked with people all over the world in writing novels and memoir when English is not their first language. The truth is, all storytelling is about the soul and the heart. We begin with that passion to write. Later, we can help you with copy-editing and editing your work. But for the basic course, all you need is passion.

How do I access the Writers Forum?
We will send an invitation email to the private Facebook Forum within 48 hours of registration!