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.
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.
StartScience Catches Up to What Authors Have Known Since the Age of Shakespeare: Writing Is Therapeutic
StartWriting to Heal
StartScience Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write
StartNarratives of Pain--Trauma and the Healing Power of Writing
StartFamous Novels Inspired by Real Life
StartWorried About Writing Memoir? Make Fiction Your Safe Space