Share Your Story - Narrative Writing and Personal Essay

Ali Pierce, English Teacher and Blogger

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9 Videos (15m)
    • The Project

      0:44
    • Why Personal Essay?

      1:25
    • Your Prompt!

      0:53
    • Refining Your Free Write

      1:02
    • Story Spine: Structuring A Story

      5:22
    • Who, What, Where, When, and Why?

      1:31
    • Consider Point of View

      0:50
    • Your Topics and Your Prose

      1:56
    • Final Thoughts

      1:03

About This Class

The day to day is full of quips and anecdotes that shape each moment, interaction, and your life. Turning those moments into stories takes a few skills and a bit of practice. In this class you can learn how to engage your reader through personal essay and begin to build those skills. You will learn to write about a moment in your life where something changed.

The beauty of personal essay is that you can write for you, write for a memoir, create content for a  blog, build an "about me" for your website, or whatever you may need... let's dive in!

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This was a good class - to the point and easy to follow. I came across the ten minute technique (though it was eight minutes in our case) once before in a screenwriting class. We had to write about an object on the table for eight minutes. The point being that if you can write for eight minutes, you just have to keep writing in eight minute blocks until the job is done. Ali shares some good points about writing. Make a start, and you'll be glad you did.
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Ali Pierce

English Teacher and Blogger

Hello, I'm Ali. I'm a mom to two kids, but before that I was a creative-writing-food-loving-desert-rat English teacher. I love writing as a way to make sense of the things around me, and I hope to be able to share that with other. Whether you are creating things for fun or for work, I hope I can help you grow and explore in some way!

Beyond writing and moming, I am an avid babywearer and volunteer babywearing educator. I've taken a break from the classroom, but working with high schoo...

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