Learn How to Tell Your Story with Story Coach | story prompts + writing guides

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In “How to Write a Memoir,” William Zinssner writes: One of the saddest sentences I know is “I wish I had asked my mother about that.” Or my father. Or my grandmother. Or my grandfather. As every parent knows, our children are not as fascinated by our fascinating lives as we are. Only when they have children of their own—and feel the first twinges of their own advancing age—do they suddenly want to know more about their family heritage and all its accretions of anecdote and lore.

Get started now with one of these classes that takes a general topic and shows you how to make it yours.

Gifts

Write a story about gifting in your life — years ago or now. Consider a favorite gift, a gifting disappointment, how you gift friends or even the “gifting” culture in your family. The prompts will help you find stories and areas of interest and meaning to you. Use a framing story or incident as a segue into an exploration of gifting in  your life.

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Object of My Youth

Write a story from your childhood that you discover by remembering specific objects: toys, tools or treasures that you can recall still. We’ll work to understand why a particular object is recalled, what it means to you and how it’s relevant to who you are.

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Braided

Write a story in segments that combine like a collage or braid. Each segment is separate and yet connected and woven into the whole, moving the piece forward while adding meaningful repetitions. Begin your free writing with something that you spend a lot of time on. The prompts and the writing guide will help you find connections.

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Time To Go

Write a story about a leave-taking that didn’t proceed easily.You might have left a job or a place, a person, activity or obligation. The difficulty might have been self-imposed or come from elsewhere. As you write this personal story, you’ll use the lessons you learned (and the subsequent beliefs you hold) to write a piece that records your life and presents a solid argument for a personal belief.

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In Transit

Write a personal story that takes place while “in transit” from one place to another. It’s not “Murder on the Orient Express,” but it is a springboard for recording details, hopes and feelings around a specific trip and then extending these to explore feelings, hopes, and challenges in your life at the time of the trip. 18 writing prompts and an 8-step writing guide for putting your freewrites into a well-written story from your life. + printables and access to your own story notes repository at Get It Scrapped.

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News of You

Consider a time when you’ve gotten news about someone who was (but no longer is) a regular and an important part of your life. 14 writing prompts and an 8-step writing guide for putting your freewrites into a well-written story from your life. + printables and access to your own story notes repository at Get It Scrapped.

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Play Changes

Write about your hobbies and interests, about how something you do for fun has changed over the years. The result is a record of you, the times, technology, and culture. 10 writing prompts and a 7-step writing guide for putting your freewrites into a well-written story from your life. + printables and access to your own story notes repository at Get It Scrapped.

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Writing memoir is a way to figure out who you used to be and how you got to be who you are. – Abigail Thomas

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Craft a memoir one story at a time. Fill your blog, journals, and scrapbooks with rich, well-paced storytelling that records your life. Story Coach shows you how to find stories that matter and then tell them with pacing and details that  involve and satisfy readers.

Story Coach is a both a writing class and a repository for collecting and organizing your prompted writings and notes. For years, I’ve wanted to teach writing in a way that lets me sit alongside you and “coach” your stories forward. Story Coach does this in an affordable and effective way. Your stories accumulate and you are telling your story.

Each Story Coach class includes: detailed journaling prompts for one story, a step-by-step writing guide that pulls the appropriate journaling prompts for you as you write, an example of this story written, and forum/gallery community and support.

how the story coach process works

Begin with prompted journaling. Enter your notes into your own Story Coach library online or use the printables and a pen or pencil.

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Working with StoryCoach #1 (play changes) I’ve got notes for 2 stories on this topic: one on my love of story and another about my love of puzzles. I can go back in and edit these notes, and I can add more stories. I’m also going to write a story about my husband’s love of bike riding and each of my sons’ hobbies.

Next, Write your story using this paragraph-by-paragraph writing guide and your own prompted journaling.

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See here the printable and step 5 of this particular online story guide: it includes my brainstormed notes right alongside the instruction. I can send this to a printer or a pdf.

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. . . think small. Don’t rummage around in your past—or your family’s past—to find episodes that you think are “important” enough to be worthy of including in your memoir. Look for small self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you still remember them it’s because they contain a universal truth that your readers will recognize from their own life. – William Zinssner

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