Course curriculum

  • 1

    Navigating This Course

    • Setting Expectations

  • 2

    Defining "Memoir"

    • Defining "Memoir"

    • Feeling Confident in Your Purpose

    • LINKS: Memoir Examples

  • 3

    Choosing Your Writing Process

    • Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, Delivery

    • Prewriting, Writing, Rewriting

  • 4

    Recording Ideas & Facts (What)

    • Listing Ideas (aka "brainstorming"—but better)

    • Choosing Technology Tools That Help

    • ASSIGNMENT: Start Your Idea Notebook

    • DOWNLOAD: Idea Sheets

    • Recording Your Timeline

    • Including Inspirational or Supporting Bible Verses

  • 5

    Focusing Your Story (for Whom, Why)

    • Describing Your Readers

    • ASSIGNMENT: Write Reader Description

    • Turning Your Notes into Short Stories

    • Considering Story Elements

    • ASSIGNMENT: Write a Logline

  • 6

    Determining the Setting (Where & When)

    • Describing the Where & the When

    • Letting Your Audience Feel the Mood

    • ASSIGNMENT: Write a Paragraph

  • 7

    Introducing Characters (Who)

    • Describing Characters

    • Describing Faces

  • 8

    Choosing the Plot (What & How)

    • Choosing Plot Elements & Sequence

    • Choosing the Perspective

    • ASSIGNMENT: Outline Your Story

    • DOWNLOAD: MS Word Plot outline

  • 9

    Writing Effectively

    • Writing Clear & Concise American Standard English (which helps Non-Native English Speakers & Translation)

    • Setting Up MS Word to Serve You

    • Adding Details with Verbs, Adjectives & Adverbs

    • Improving Descriptions with Analogies & Litotes

    • Providing Clarity with Definitions, Synecdoche & Antithesis

    • Emphasizing with Parallelism & Pleonasm

    • Making Reading Easier with Alliteration, Assonance & Rhyme

    • Sizing Paragraphs

    • DOWNLOAD: Style Checklist

    • Pausing with Commas

    • Removing Boring Words

  • 10

    Adding Dialogue

    • Letting Characters Tell the Story

    • Punctuating Dialogue Correctly

  • 11

    Revising

    • Reading Your Story Out Loud

    • Accepting Peer Reviews

    • Tracking Changes in MS Word

    • Creating a Style sheet

    • Fixing the Electronic File

    • Hiring a Copyeditor

  • 12

    Keeping It Legal

    • Complying with Copyrights

    • Crediting or Avoiding Trademarks

    • Respecting Real People with Pseydonyms or Permissions

  • 13

    Writing Back Cover Copy

    • Writing "About the Author"

    • DOWNLOAD: About the Author Template

    • Writing the Book Description

  • 14

    Self-Publishing

    • Publishing on Amazon, BN & IngramSpark (an Overview)

    • Recording Audiobooks (an Overview)

    • Creating Ebooks (an Overview)

  • 15

    Delivering to Your Audience(s)

    • Creating Shareables