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How to Tell Your Story

with Andrea Askowitz

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About The Class

Discover Your Inner Writer and Tell the Story You’ve Been Wanting to Tell

Everyone has a story to tell, and most everyone has a desire to tell it. What stops some is the mistaken belief that they can’t write. But if you can speak you can write. And the most important thing for a writer to do when telling their story is to speak the truth.

Andrea Askowitz is a teacher, writer, performer, and co-host and creator of the podcast Writing Class Radio. In this class, she’ll inspire you to figure out what your story is, help you write a first draft, and learn key techniques to strengthen your writing.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Mine your life for story ideas.
  • Start with the who, what, where and when of your story.
  • Use specific details.
  • Raise the stakes by figuring out why you’re telling this story.
  • Create a likable narrator, which means a vulnerable narrator.
  • Practice by reading your story out loud and telling your story without reading it.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Where to Find Your Stories

  3. 03

    Write Like You Speak

  4. 04

    Write the Truth

  5. 05

    Use Specific Details

  6. 06

    Create Scenes

  7. 07

    Figuring Out What the Story is About

  8. 08

    Create a Likable Narrator

  9. 09

    Write and Rewrite

  10. 10



Meet Your Expert

Andrea Askowitz

Andrea Askowitz is the author of the memoir My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy (Cleis) and the editor of Badass: Lip Service True Stories, the Double Album (Lominy Books). ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • mp3 Episode 40.mp3
  • pdf Places to Submit & Read Great Personal Essays
  • pdf Editing Tips for Stories Meant to Be Told Out Loud
  • pdf How to Write Funny
  • pdf Thirty Daily Prompts

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Margaret Lovell

    Margaret Lovell

    December 2018

    This is a great intro memoir/personal writing class. I love Andrea's sense of humor. I love that she's included worksheets to help with the process. I highly recommend this course.

  • Charlotte Heje Haase

    Charlotte Heje Haase

    January 2018

    Really great class. I write memoir and I loved it. Funny and Very inspiring.

  • Rossella Vacchelli

    Rossella Vacchelli

    January 2018

    Andrea is funny and knowledgeable. Fantastic introductory class...please come back with more in depth lessons!

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