HOW TO WRITE YOUR LIFE STORY — FROM PLANNING TO GETTING PUBLISHED
The BEST COURSE CHOICE for those with a life story to tell!
In this lively and fun course, author and mentor Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. During the past two decades, Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their stories, and many are now in print. You can be next!
Books by your instructor, Steve Alcorn
Everyone has a story to tell. Don't let yours be lost!
Share your life story, or the story of family members with future generations. Children and grandchildren cherish the words we pass on to them and will return to them time and again.
This course shows you how to create an exciting and engaging biography or autobiography to share with friends, family and the world. It begins by introducing you to what makes a great biography, including:
- Why Write Your Life Story?
- Biography or Autobiography?
- How to Write Your Story
- Journals, Blogs, Articles, Recordings, Stories and Novels
- Tailoring Your Story for Your Audience
- Do's and Don'ts
Then you'll choose the approach to organize your story:
- Fact or Fiction
- Chronological Organization
- Thematic Organization
- Anecdotal Organization
You'll learn techniques for creating professional writing including:
- Plot vs. Story
- Story Structure
- Viewpoint and Tense
The heart of the course is a series of writing prompts that will get you brainstorming and turn your ideas into reality. Following these suggestions, your life will take shape on the page, almost magically:
- Writing Prompts - Photos
- Writing Prompts - Conversations
- Writing Prompts - Q&A
- Writing Prompts - Ancestors
- Writing Prompts - Where Were You When...?
- Writing Prompts - Childhood
- Writing Prompts - Toys and Possessions
- Writing Prompts - Pets
- Writing Prompts - Growing Up
- Writing Prompts - Accomplishments
- Writing Prompts - Spirituality
- Writing Prompts - Holidays
- Writing Prompts - Romance
- Writing Prompts - The Black Moment
- Writing Prompts - Changes
- Writing Prompts - Children and Grandchildren
Once your story is written, we'll look at the fun process of polishing and publishing your story:
- Writing Big
- Polishing Your Work
- Illustrations and Covers
- Copyrights and Permissions
Finally, with your manuscript finished, we'll show you how to share it with the world:
- Getting Into Print
- Next Steps
In this lively and fun course, Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve your dream. Step by step, you'll bring your story to life. Imagine the fun you and your family will have sharing these experiences!
More than 500 students have taken this course and rated it 5 out of 5 stars!
Whether you're a first time or experienced writer, Write Your Life Story will show you how to share your history with others. Enroll now!
What are the requirements?
- Open to all aspiring writers, young or old, experienced or just getting started
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 40 lectures and 5 hours of content!
- Downloadable, printable handouts and exercises
- 40 Discussion Areas where you can share your work and get feedback
- Turn Your Life into a Book
- Get Published!
What is the target audience?
- First-Time Authors
- If Your Manuscript Needs Polish
- If Your Manuscript is Unfinished
- Authors Who Want to Get Published
Steve Alcorn is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.
Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.
During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.
PreviewWelcome to Write Your Life Story (9:25)
StartWhy Write Your Life Story? (3:49)
StartBiography or Autobiography? (3:31)
StartHow to Write Your Life Story (4:13)
StartJournals, Blogs, Articles, Recordings, Stories and Novels (4:34)
StartTailoring Your Story to Your Audience - Themes (8:44)
StartDo's and Dont's (6:03)
Frequently Asked Questions
A few of our favorite student reviews:
"If you have an idea for a book, but just can't get it together, this is the class for you. Steve Alcorn gives you the tools and the confidence to pull your ideas together and give them structure. Before you know it, you are inspired and writing. What a class! Steve Alcorn is a gifted instructor."
"It was nice to have an instructor who wasn't afraid to have fun right along with the students. For me, it created a relaxed environment where even the smallest question never felt out of place or foolish."
"I've told people that this class was life-changing when it comes to my ability to structure and complete a work of fiction. I always became blocked and wondered how people knew where their story was going next and how to make sure they were headed in the right direction. This answered all my questions and forced me to get to work on my idea. All around fantastic - worth every penny!"
"Can you see me? I'm giving you a standing ovation! Haven't done this much thinking, rethinking, breaking pencils, and eventually cheering since I graduated from college. Thank you for an inspiring and brilliant class!"