Join me for a six-week course as we work together to help you write your story.
We’ll explore six aspects of the writing process while you begin to tell your tale in an encouraging and supportive environment.
As we work through the program outlined below, not only will I be guiding you, but I will be writing alongside you, telling my own story and experiencing all the ups and downs of the process with you.
After each week’s lesson, I’ll spotlight a class member’s material, exploring how the day’s discussion relates to their work.
The six one-hour sessions will be held at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time on successive Saturdays from 9 September 2023 through 14 October 2023, with replays available should you miss a session. This will be an interactive experience so live participation is encouraged, but chaos happens.
WEEK 1: Beginning (Intention vs. Result)
• Read more writing.
• Telepathy takes two minds.
• Clean hands and composure.
WEEK 2: Researching (Diaries, interviews, letters, photos, records, timelines, and legalities.)
• Privacy matters.
• Sources required.
• Kindness counts.
WEEK 3: Personalizing (Perspective, Precision & Penetration.)
• You are here.
• How do you get there?
• What happens when you keep going?
WEEK 4: Wordsmithing (Language as logic.)
• The Movie Metaphor.
• Saying the most with the least.
• Leaving room to dream.
WEEK 5: Styling (Concept vs. Execution.)
• Is how as important as what?
• Ordaining order or creating chaos?
• The fast and slow parts of a duck.
WEEK 6: Editing (Killing your darlings and other bloody business. NOTE: The instructor will provide the sacrificial literature; the students will be safe from the carnage.)
• Out loud.
• Out of bounds.
• Out, damned spot!
An effective book that tells your story is within reach, and—working together—we can make it a reality on the bookshelf.
WHY SHOULD I WRITE MY STORY?
Maybe your family or friends are forever requesting a favorite anecdote?
Perhaps you feel pressure to put down the origins of your enterprise, how you’ve achieved its present state, and where you’d like to see it grow in the future.
Possibly you’ve always wanted to tell your tale, but have allowed life’s obstacles to defer that dream.
There is no better way to connect with others than telling your story.
There is no better way to understand yourself than committing your story to paper.
There is no better way to reward yourself than finally doing what you’ve always dreamed of doing.
HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM WRITING MY STORY?
By writing your story, you bring your present-day experience to bear on your past, allowing you a new perspective on who you were and how you came to be the person you are.
If you are an entrepreneur or a coach, telling your story is vital to making your clients understand why you do what you do. Your experience shows them you get where they are coming from, and then you share how you have found a solution to their problem, thus building trust that you are the right person to help them.
Writing your story will provide a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. Having written it, there is also the potential for publishing it as a book. Printing and distribution are more accessible than ever before. There are no guarantees in publishing, but many of my clients have been successful with their books.
We all seek to be understood by others. Writing a book is as close to telepathy as we can come, transmitting our perspective to another.
We all seek to understand ourselves. Writing a book is as close to time travel as we can come, revising our personal pasts through our present-day eyes.
Time travel goes both ways, and your story is something you can leave to your descendants. Tell them who you were, how you lived, and what you accomplished. Tell your story to your children’s children’s children.
WHY SHOULD I WRITE MY STORY NOW?
If not now, when?
Lives and stories have one thing in common: they end. With a book, you can see how many pages are left; with a life, not so much.
We are unique equations, the products of our experiences and how we’ve processed them. If we don’t preserve the computations that factored into our lives, the richness of the human equation is diminished.
WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS WORKSHOP WITH YOU, JASON?
I have the experience to help you craft your story for maximum impact.
I don’t know you, and I can approach your story objectively, as your prospective readers would.
I can teach you how to circumvent writer’s block, kill your darlings, and prevent procrastination.
For the purposes of this event, we will focus ONLY on biographical stories, ensuring everyone has a well to draw from. With everyone working toward the same goal—but with wildly differing starting points—I can illustrate how the same practices can be implemented by different writers.
I’ve worked with professional writers who’ve published a quarter-million words and first timers just settling their fingers on the keyboard, and I want to share that experience with you. Let’s put your story on paper.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR THIS WORKSHOP?
1) Ideas for what you might want to write about.
2) A notepad or notebook, ideally of a size that it can be with you at all times, waking or sleeping.
3) A writing implement that offers the least resistance when you wake up in the middle of the night to jot down an idea. Pencils or retractable ballpoints/biros save you fumbling with caps.
4) The courage to face the blank page and the resolve to write until THE END.
WHO IS JASON DAVIS?
Jason Davis is a writer, editor, and producer. He has written articles, columns, and reviews for publications as diverse as Cinescape, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Match.com. He was a contributing editor at Creative Screenwriting magazine, where he wrote cover stories for the print publication and edited DVD reviews for its online companion.
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