Writing Life Stories Session II

Writing Life Stories Session II May 12, 2015 class–This past week we warmed up on colorful writing techniques such as writing in the active voice and using verbs that pop in order to help us stay away from those pesky adverbs. We also covered ways that we can write our life stories that allow us to take the reader with us on our journey to our conclusions instead of writing as if we were preaching to them or simply telling them the facts about an experience. In writer-lingo, that’s showing and not telling our stories. I used an example taken … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II

Life Stories Class in Session May 2015

Class is in Session May 5th, 2015 Spring is a great time of year to begin new projects and writing our life stories should be one. This last Tuesday marked the beginning for the latest Writing Life Stories class sessions I’m giving at Shipley Center in Sequim. It certainly is good to meet you all. We learned a bit about each other and I spoke about writing being a process and a discipline. I also spoke about the reasons why we write. As we write, we should bear in mind these questions: What do we want to tell? Why do … Continue reading Life Stories Class in Session May 2015

Writing Life Stories: Last Session

Writing Life Stories: Last Session This class began as a series of sessions lasting four weeks. Students voted to continue the classes longer than originally planned. It’s been a wonderful couple of months coaching writers in the Life Stories class. A new session begins this next Tuesday. As promised, this last session dealt with predators and editors, who owns the rights to your work, and different methods of formatting your life stories. Everyone said they learned a lot and I hope they did. I’ll miss each and every one of the participants. One aspect I’d like the class to remember … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Last Session

Writing Life Stories Session VIII

Writing Life Stories Session VIII Spring’s hit us here in the Pacific Northwest and we’re all feeling it. Between work, house cleaning, yard work, and hiking, schedules are busy. Remember this coming Tuesday deals with the final product you want to create with your stories. Last Tuesday’s class dealt more with the writing process, avoiding adverbs, and more about how to show and not tell. Each week the class grows more adept at storytelling and more productive as writers. We also discussed writing about questions our descendants would want our answers on like what is the hardest thing you’ve learned … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session VIII

Writing Life Stories: Session VII

Writing Life Stories: Session VII We started off this session by diving into memory triggers and then we did it again halfway through the session. We came up with a hoard of ideas. We covered more about the different methods we can use to show and not tell: ways to use dialogue, and even ways to make the villains in our lives understandable and even sympathetic to our readers. I believe it is important, when telling our life stories, to delve a little deeper into the psyche, what we now perceive as the psyche, of the villains within our pasts. … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Session VII

Life Stories Session IV

This was supposed to be the last class; however, via class vote and the agreement of Shipley Center, the Writing Life Stories class will continue. Participants are realizing the great benefits they garner each week from sharing their work with each other. One participant even offered permission to post her paper on this Blog. That’s right. I didn’t even have to ask. Cool! So that is something I’ll include in a future post. This week I shared an exciting personal writing breakthrough with the class that might benefit other writers. I’ve been working on a particular episode of my life, … Continue reading Life Stories Session IV