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 teaches, travels, and writes about secrets.

She's the bestselling Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony-winning author of nonfiction, children's books, YA adventure, magical realism, romcom mysteries, and thrillers. Jess is a retired professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, a leader of writing retreats, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind May Day, her first published novel. In addition to her online courses, she teaches face-to-face writing workshops for all and leads transformative writing retreats for women.

When not traveling, reading, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. 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.

This course is closed for enrollment.