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Mining Your Life for Story: Writing Creative Nonfiction Essays Inspired By Your Life 4-Week Zoom Class, Starts Friday, April 26th, 2024
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Mining Your Life for Story: Writing Creative Nonfiction Essays Inspired By Your Life 4-Week Zoom Class, Starts Friday, April 26th, 2024


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Begins Friday, April 26th, 2024

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The class will meet weekly via Zoom on Fridays from 2:00PM - 3:30PM EST

Open to All writers!

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Award-winning author and writing coach Lynne Golodner leads this four-week workshop about mining your life for stories. Learn how to find inspiration for writing, both nonfiction and fiction, from the people around you, your experiences, the rooms of your home and more! You’ll learn how to approach writing personal stories, when to use them just for family records legacy and when to consider publishing personal stories, and how to cultivate a steady stream of writing prompts from the details of your daily life. This course will engage writers in exercises to extract ideas from ordinary living, and you’ll be able to submit one piece for feedback. This is a four-week Zoom-only class. All class sessions will be recorded for convenient playback.


Lynne is the author of nine books and thousands of articles and a marketing entrepreneur, writing coach and host of the Make Meaning Podcast. After working as a journalist in New York and Washington, D.C., Lynne returned to Detroit. She helps authors create writing careers, book marketing strategies and finish book projects. In 2023, Lynne founded Scotia Road Books, an independent publishing imprint for women over 40. Lynne’s writing has appeared in 45th Parallel, Moment Magazine, Great Lakes Review, Saveur, the Chicago Tribune, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, the Detroit Free Press, Porridge Magazine, the Jewish Literary Journal, The Good Life Review, Hadassah Magazine, The Forward, Valiant Scribe, Story Unlikely, The Dillydoun Review, QuibbleLit, bioStories and YourTango, among many more publications. Plus, one of her essays was a finalist in the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction contest at Bellingham Review.

In this four-week class for writers of all ages and stages, we’ll eliminate the frustration of not knowing what to write about by looking close to home for inspiration. Subject matter is all around you, all the time! This class will help you open your eyes and awaken your creativity to the myriad stories just waiting for you to tell them from your own life and experiences.

Class sessions will include writing to prompt and the option to share work. Participants will be able to submit work for feedback twice during the course. Writers will look at people, place, experiences, memories and more from their own lives, and learn how to write about them without intruding on other people’s privacy, without needing permission, and with a purpose that elevates each piece.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week One: Writing About People In this session we will begin with introductions and build a class community, engage in brainstorming/free-writing exercises & discuss cultivating topics to write about from our own lives. We’ll explore personal writing goals as well as the fears that keep us from writing our own stories. We’ll also look at how to respectfully and rightfully write about the people in our lives, even if they don’t want us to. And we’ll learn why everything we write has nothing to do with anyone else, but rather exists to impart a compelling and inspiring message for all readers.

Week Two: Writing About Places In this session, we’ll find inspiration from the places we’ve been and consider how the details of those places are representative of bigger stories and messages. We’ll write to prompt to generate new material and explore published pieces that do this well, examining them for the nuance and flair that makes them strong.

Week Three: Writing From Memory It’s hard to remember every detail – so how can you write compellingly about an experience you’ve had? This week, we’ll explore how to write from memory, aiming for accuracy with some flexibility for when your memories lack details. We’ll talk about how to research to fill in blanks in your memory and practice cultivating the details that build scenes from memory and read compelling scenes by other writers as examples to inspire us. We’ll write to prompt to generate new material and practice what we learn in the lesson.

Week Four: Publishing & Permissions In our final session, we’ll discuss how to write about real life without offending other people. Not everyone writes to publish, but everyone has the right to share their work with the world! We’ll explore individual goals and the purpose of writing, how to gather the courage to consider publishing pieces, and how to know when a piece of writing is ready to go out into the world. Participants will have an opportunity to share something they’ve written during the course and ask final questions about where to go next to continue their momentum.

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:

  • Learn how to find inspiration from daily life and create an endless list of subject matter for writing
  • Confront the fears that surround writing about real life
  • Build courage and confidence to write creatively and consider publishing
  • Generate new work from writing prompts
  • Harness memory, place, experience and relationship to create compelling writing
  • Learn how to build scenes to create compelling writing using details, dialogue and action
  • Experiment with structure and theme to learn about narrative arc
  • Gain insight into what it takes to create cohesive, compelling writing
  • Embrace the idea that writing is 80% revision and learn how to revise with a keen eye
  • Submit up to 2 pieces for instructor feedback
  • Share writing during class
  • Grow a repertoire of writing habits and a written body of work

STUDENTS LOVE LYNNE:


"I really enjoyed my first Writing Workshop! I was surprised to find a class so perfectly geared toward what I needed and my skill and comfort level. I had no idea though of the inspiration, community, and support I would get from taking it. Lynne created an incredibly safe space for the class to come together, feel inspired, learn about ourselves and the craft of writing, and most importantly, to get us writing. I enjoyed the readings, and haven't felt this inspired to write in a long time. Well worth the cost and the risk of trying something new." -Ali S.

"Lynne Golodner offered an experience that improved my understanding of and skill with literary nonfiction writing. She offered responsive, insightful, and detailed suggestions that gave me ways to improve my writing. I am a beginner in this genre and her patience, expertise, and positive attitude motivated me to keep going. She was specific when saying 'show, don't tell, by suggesting action verbs, dialogue, using scenes, include sensory details, and more. Her "Finding Your Voice" class also offered a range of topics including suggestions of where to publish, how to publish, and ways to maintain on-going enthusiasm as I went deeper into my ideas, point of view, and reasons for creating essays. The class was an all-you-can-eat buffet!" -Dan F.

“This class has become the best part of my week.” -Olivet J.

"I have loved being with you and the other students, and the assignments have been great. You are a fabulous teacher.” -R.C.

"This was the finest writing/self-care combo I've done so far and I am truly grateful. I felt freed up; there was a flow that truly excited me and inspired me to continue the writing. You are a terrific teacher.” -Beth L.

"If you ever wanted motivation and input on your writing, this is a great workshop! Has helped me tremendously! I never considered myself as a writer but maybe just maybe I am becoming one!" -Beth M.

“Lynne’s writing workshop develops a writers resilience and creativity. Lynne challenged me to go deeper in my writing - to think beyond the words to the roots of experience. My writing is becoming stronger and more purposeful, and I have a renewed sense of confidence as I write my first book." -AB

"The writers workshop helped me explore a part of my personality and interests that I hadn't yet allowed myself to dig into. I feel more connected to who I am as a writer as well as all the other wonderful writers who participated. One of my favorite aspects of the workshop was being in a safe space, sharing a variety of pieces with people of different backgrounds and perspectives. Not only have I learned more about myself and others, but I have been exposed to so many new genres and writing topics. Thanks, Lynne!" -JR

"This was my first experience with a writing workshop and writing all together. I had such a wonderful experience that I signed up for Lynne's next workshop. I did not expect to come away with so much confidence! Lynne and the group were nurturing and wonderful. This workshop is for all levels of writers" -SA

"Lynne is changing my life. She keeps me accountable to my vision, and her confidence in me makes a huge difference." -Noreen E.

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to be surrounded by such inspiring women with exquisite instruction.” -Emily P.

“Thank you for being so encouraging.” -Betsy C.

"Lynne's workshop has provided me with the opportunity to receive quality feedback and editorial expertise in response to the work that I have chosen to share with this great group of ladies" -MN

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

For this class, we will have live weekly meetings via Zoom on Fridays from 2:00PM - 3:30PM EST.


PAYMENT OPTIONS:

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.

  • Class starts Friday, April 26th, 2024

  • Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Fridays from 2:00PM - 3:30PM EST

  • All classes will meet online via Zoom.

If you have questions, please us the Chat Button or contact us via email HERE.

ABOUT LYNNE GOLODNER:

Lynne Golodner is the author of nine books and thousands of articles as well as a marketing entrepreneur, writing coach and host of the Make Meaning Podcast.

After working as a journalist in New York and Washington, D.C., Lynne returned to her native Detroit to pursue a freelance writing career and teach writing. In 2007, she created Your People, a marketing and public relations company with a focus on storytelling that guides authors in building their brands and marketing their work. In 2023, Lynne founded Scotia Road Books, an independent publishing imprint for women over 40.

Lynne’s writing has appeared in 45th Parallel, Moment Magazine, Great Lakes Review, Saveur, the Chicago Tribune, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, the Detroit Free Press, Porridge Magazine, the Jewish Literary Journal, The Good Life Review, Hadassah Magazine, The Forward, Valiant Scribe, Story Unlikely, The Dillydoun Review, QuibbleLit, bioStories and YourTango, among many more publications. Plus, one of Lynne’s creative nonfiction essays was a finalist in the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction contest at Bellingham Review.

Lynne teaches writing around the world, leads writers retreats and facilitates The Writers Community. She fuses her marketing expertise with her writing background in webinars and masterminds focused on arming writers with the tools to market their work and build consistent author brands.

A former Fulbright Specialist, Lynne graduated from University of Michigan (BA, Communications/English) and Goddard College (MFA, Writing) and earned a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University.

She is the mother of four young adults and lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan with her archivist-husband Dan.