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Write Your First Draft Program Outline


Module 1: Inner WorkMemoryList

A. What do you want to write?
B. Why do you want to write?
C. Whom are you writing for?
D. Affirmations
E. Writer’s notebook

Module 2: Outer work

A. The Memory List
B.  Gathering information

1. Journal writing and the memoir writer
2. Studying documents: articles, certificates, diplomas

3. Photosgathering information for a memoir
4. Interviewing

C. Setting up your writing space for success

Module 3: Starting to Write

A. Where is the starting point? How to continue?
B. As long as you want and as brief.
C. Fast writing / slow writing /lingering

Module 4: Building blocks

A. Character
B. Action
C. Setting
D. Dialog
E. The historical present

Module 5: Best Practices

A. Theme
B. Your memoir’s pitch

1. Narrator
2. Point of View

Module 6: Tighten your text

A. Details: show don’t tell
B. The 4 “C”s.
C. Eliminate your non-contributing “darlings” and “babies.”

Module 7: Checking the truth

A. Telling the Truth—or at least your truth.
B. Research Data doesn’t lie—or does it?

1. Internet
2. Interviewing
3. Realia: objects, photos, buildings, etc.

Module 8: Going Deeper

A. Looking for what’s behind Behind the obvious
B. Dealing with Pain so as to tell the whole story
C. Writing Memoir as Therapy or Writing Memoir as Healing

Module 9: Persevering

A. Stay motivated
B. Writer’s Block, Discouragement, Overwhelm
C. Discipline

Module 10: Completing your first memoir draft: what’s next?

A. How to recognize the end of this writing stage
B. Set yourself up for a successful second draft
C. Get ready to be an artist, a WRITER!



I had nearly given up the idea of writing anything meaningful, simply because I didn’t really know from which angle to tell which story. With the common sense, simple directives you have given us, and the asset of your book, I feel that I have someone looking over my shoulder nudging me on the way. Knowing that others are encountering problems but are still writing regularly is a boost every time I sit down to write.

—Teresa Rubio


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Write Your First Memoir Draft is an individualized, self-paced, memoir-writing program consisting of 10 modules that will help you get your memoir out into the world.

$299 – A real value! The cost of the bonuses alone are more than the price of this program.

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest. If you would like to receive notice when a new class is beginning, please email the office. We anticipate a new recruitment in September.

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