Module 2: Writing The Story

Learn how to turn your memories into an exiting story.

Unit 6: Creating Lively Narrative

Lively narrative stimulates a reader's interest. You learn to maintain a variety of pace. We help you learn the dynamics of a large number of different techniques and when to use them. You discover variations on themes, the joys of delivering spicy opinion pieces, riveting description and how to use humour in your work.

Unit 7: Writing From the Heart

In this unit you learn the realities of writing from the heart, what it means and how to do it. We help you to get over the fear of baring your soul. You learn to make yourself creator, organizer and critic for your work. Then we get to the details of describing your years of romance, how you met your mate, your early relationship, wedding, first home etc. It's an exciting period to describe but you should be up to the job by this point.

Unit 8: Flexing Your Storytelling Muscles

By the end of this unit, you will be equipped to analyze your stories to determine your own successes or failures. More importantly, you will know where to locate the weak or missing elements which, unless corrected, will disappoint your reader. Then we turn to a look at you and your community and era. Your analytical side is allowed to surface as we consider your lot in life, your career choices and contributions to family and society.

Unit 9: The Responsibility of the Writer

As a writer, you are responsible for honest representation of the facts. However, you must still be sensitive to the feelings of others—and to the danger of libel and slander. You'll learn to walk the fine line between being an artist and an archaeologist. Learn how to deal with painful memories, tragedies and death. The healing properties of memoir writing exist but can be overrated. Learn how to handle this. In your own work, we go on to tackle the family years—and the joys and sorrows they can bring.

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