September 22, 2017

FREE WEBINAR: RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Oct 2)

REGISTER TO JOIN US ON OCTOBER 2. Do you love our 4-week classes and know you want to join us October 9-30? Check out the details and register here.

Augusten Burroughs has written three memoirs, none more famous than his coming-of-age story, Running with Scissors. We chose this wacky, outrageous, even outlandish book as the next installment in our bestseller series for its free-wheeling storytelling and prose.

We’re on a mission to give writers permission to write the story they want to tell, not just the story they think they should tell. Running with Scissors offers eye-opening insights into what’s possible for your memoir. Often accused of making up details, Burroughs has escaped repercussions from his memoir by holding to his truth.

In this free webinar, we’ll talk about emotional truth, and writing details even if/when they’re barely there. We'll explore a simple but important question: Whose truth are you telling anyway? (Spoiler alert: yours!)

REGISTER TODAY! It's free! We'll see you there.

Write Your Memoir with Support and Accountability

goals for new yearWhen you decide to write a memoir, you begin a journey into the heart of who you are. You draw upon memories, desires, imagination, and writing techniques to paint a picture of your life, or a portion of your life. You start down the long and winding path toward becoming a writer, and eventually a published author. Published author—yes! This is the goal of most memoir writers. You may want to learn from your story, or even settle some old scores (internally and externally), but mostly, as a memoirist, you want to share your wisdom and your story—if only you can get it done! That is the challenge.

As coaches and writers ourselves, we know that good, consistent writing emerges and blossoms with structure, accountability, and encouragement. These are the cornerstones of Write Your Memoir in Six Months. You and a cohort of eleven other memoirists will embark upon a journey together that will culminate in the book you’ve been wanting, needing, and longing to write.

We treat the process of writing a memoir like the journey it is. You will encounter three stages—the excitement of getting started; the muddy middle where you may encounter a few snarls and saboteurs; and the long-range view to the end, when you’re weaving all the pieces together and the finish line is in sight.

Here are the five things we believe any memoirist needs for this journey:

1. Consistency—your body in front of the computer regularly (daily for a short time is ideal).
2. Accountability—someone who’s expecting you to deliver on what you want for yourself.
3. Goals—when you have goals, you’ll know when you reach them.
4. Guts—the sheer determination to write and write, consult, edit, rethink, and write some more.
5. Patience—it takes time to write a book. But you only can do it one sentence at a time.

We are two passionate memoir advocates who have coached hundreds of authors through the completion of their manuscripts and all the way to publication. In this course, you’ll be met with support each step of the way—getting your fill of craft and technique, as well as the necessary emotional support that a journey like this requires.