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Why You Should Turn Your Facts into Fiction

Module 1 of Rewrite Your Life: Write a Book and Heal Yourself

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Are you on the fence about writing a book? Possibly, you're already committed to creative writing but want guidance in super-charging your craft by infusing your fiction with personal experience? Or, maybe you just need incentive to keep going through the hard times. This module is for you. You will be given scientific research on the profound healing power of fictionalizing your life experiences as well as examples of bestselling writers whose work originated in their own life challenges.This module can either be completed as a standalone course or as the first of ten modules in the Rewrite Your Life program.

This module includes:

  • A video overview of the module
  • A narrated lecture explaining the power of writing and showing you how famous authors have transformed their own facts into bestselling fiction
  • A narrated whiteboard animation (7:05) illustrating the science of writing to heal
  • Guided journal exercises to jumpstart your writing
  • Supplemental articles on the science of writing
  • A discussion area for you to interact with classmates to your comfort level

OPTIONAL: Check out the Rewrite Your Life companion book, available through your local library or wherever books are sold.


Your Instructor


Jessica Lourey
Jessica Lourey

Jess Lourey (rhymes with "dowry") writes about secrets.

She's best known for her critically-acclaimed, humorous Mira James mysteries, which she began writing to recover from her husband's suicide. The series has earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." Jess also writes YA adventure, magical realism, and feminist thrillers.

She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology and a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship. She delivered the Rewrite Your Life TEDx Talk and leads transformative writing workshops all over the world. When not traveling, read, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. Her Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction is the optional companion book for this course.

You can find out more about Jess on her website and by signing up for her newsletter.


Frequently Asked Questions


How much creative writing experience do I need?
Exactly as much as you have. If you have never written creatively before, this course include supplements to orient you to the basics. If you are an experienced creative writer, this course will show you how to deepen your writing by infusing it with transformative personal experience.
What if I have questions about the material?
You have space under each lecture to discuss the material with your classmates. If you're having technology issues within the school, you can fill out a help ticket here: https://sso.teachable.com/secure/teachable_accounts/tickets/new#/form/bug. Select the school you're experiencing the problem with and click "Need More Assistance" to be brought to the fillable form.
What browser should I use to view the course?
Updated Chrome and Firefox should work great. The course is also viewable on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

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