Telling Your Story
We all have stories to tell.
Is there a journey, experience or lesson from your life that you’ve been meaning to put into words? Are you ready to tell your story?
In this course, we’ll briefly brainstorm ideas from your life that would make a beautiful personal essay. (If you come to the session with one particular experience in mind, that’s great too.) Once we land on an idea, we’ll take time to outline the experience, which will help you fully draft it on your own later. After that, I’ll share writing tips, essay forms and key points that will help shape your life story into a bad*$$ personal essay. We’ll also work on an introduction paragraph (nail the hook!), plus take time to craft and workshop a draft of our hooks in class. That way, you’ll leave the session with the essay already begun, a drafting plan and solid advice on how to make it as impactful as possible.
Sharing our stories is powerful, meaningful and important. Do you have a story you want to tell? Even if you never plan on sharing it, crafting our own stories can be both healing and empowering.
Join us for this 60-minute course with open discussion afterward.
Suggested reading, but only if that feels exciting to you: “The IHOP Years” by David Sedaris, “Peculiar Benefits” by Roxane Gay. My own essay, “For All Those Times When Pain is Painfully Beautiful,” published by Entropy Magazine.