True Stories [Hatching a Plan]

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For the past two years I’ve immersed myself in all things writing and literature. I have one and a half masters degrees to show for it. Along the way I’ve learned a whole lot of what to do — and what not to do.

My dream job is to teach creative non-fiction with an emphasis on breaking free from the ‘rules’ of writing handed down to us by the tradition of white male writers. Natalie Goldberg says that breaking open structure releases energy — and this I know to be true.

I’ve put together a lesson plan to teach at a local community college but I haven’t heard back from them. I am itching to get started helping other people tell their important stories because I believe one of the reasons we go through pain is so we can share our experiences of survival with other people.

YOU can transform your suffering into joy, into healing, into a beacon lighting the rough seas for the less experienced sailors travelling behind you. You can create art. You can find your voice. You can offer your gifts. You can reach out and hold wisdom in your unclenched hands.

You have a story to tell and there are people who need to hear it.

Telling it will save you. It will save them.

~ Kelly Diels – Stroke the Face of Suffering

I’m starting a FREE online version of my class to work out the kinks. The format will be a mini lecture (sent by email I think), group timed writing practice (10 mins), writing prompts and a safe place to share your work. There will be no critical feedback, only support and encouragement to keep pushing the boundaries. This would be perfect for bloggers who write about their life experience, or people who want to write a memoir but don’t know where to start.

To save having to set up another website, I’m going to use a group Facebook page I already have ~

True Stories : Storytelling for Memoir and Life Writing

It is a closed group so you’ll have to make a request to join.

Please only join if you are committed to creating a writing practice (at least once a week) and are happy to share what you’ve written in a private space. I’ll need to limit the numbers so if you’re not sure, then let someone else have your spot.

I have no idea how this will all work out but I’m looking forward to finding out. I’m so excited!

Please leave me a comment if you have any questions. Otherwise head on over to Facebook and join the group of writers who long to tell their true stories for themselves and for others.

About KatieP

Embracing my midlife sexy while exploring modern love & relationships • Devoted to all things beautiful • Master of Arts in creative writing & non-fiction writing

4 thoughts on “True Stories [Hatching a Plan]

  1. Hi Katie-

    OK, I know I won’t keep up with the writing, right now, and I’m not on FB anyway…staying off for a while.
    But:
    On the topic of personal experience blogs that are more like memoirs:
    I have started so many and then taken them down because many posts come from such a place of pain and don’t offer up much solution or any learned lesson. And then there’s the fear of mean and nasty trolls saying things I’m not sure my skin is thick enough yet to deal with.

    Are you aware of blogs like this and how raw do these things get and are there interested readers???

    I have so much written, I just haven’t been sure if it’s appropriate to share in blog format.

    1. Hi Laura
      Only you can decide if baring your soul online is right for you.

      In my experience, sometimes just reading that someone else is going through the same thing as I am is soothing — there doesn’t need to be a solution or a lesson learned.

      As for trolls — you can turn off comments if you’re worried. I’ve been blogging for a long time and I’ve never really had any nasty comments.

  2. Thanks. 🙂
    I think I just got a little closer to brave. Thanks.

    We shall see. So much already written to choose from too.

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