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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

    04:00
  2. 02

    Where to Find Your Stories

    14:20
  3. 03

    Write Like You Speak

    05:05
  4. 04

    Write the Truth

    04:45
  5. 05

    Use Specific Details

    06:33
  6. 06

    Create Scenes

    05:41
  7. 07

    Figuring Out What the Story is About

    07:14
  8. 08

    Create a Likable Narrator

    21:08
  9. 09

    Write and Rewrite

    01:36
  10. 10

    Read!

    08:35

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.
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  • 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.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    January 2018

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

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