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Memoir Writing: Write a Personal Story for a Universal Audience

A course by Courtney Maum
Author and Book Coach. Hartford, United States.
Joined February 2021
, Author and Book Coach

Learn how to write a compelling personal narrative by exploring different literary devices and story structures

  • Best Seller
  • 99% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2844 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
Memoir Writing: Write a Personal Story for a Universal Audience

Learn how to write a compelling personal narrative by exploring different literary devices and story structures


  • 99% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2844 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (1h 11m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

There’s no right way to tell a story but author and book coach Courtney Maum believes there is a right way to structure one. She’s been using stories to learn about the world for most of her life and, having written and published several with some of the biggest publishing houses in America including Penguin Random House and The New York Times, she knows a thing or two about how to write them.

In this course, she guides you through creating a compelling personal story using a three-act structure and a double timeline. Learn how to use them as a foundation to write about real people and real stories in a way that captures the reader’s attention from the first page.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Memoir and Nonfiction Writing
  • U3
    U3. Finding Your Story’s Structure
  • U4
    U4. Tips and Tricks to Keep Writing!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Courtney and where her love of books first began. Then explore the influences which have inspired her work over the years and find out more about what to expect from the course.

Learn what a memoir is, why they’re so popular, and the different forms a personal narrative can take. Then decide which one suits your story best before delving into narrative voice and how to find yours. Courtney shares her advice for knowing what to include and leave out of your personal story.

Start building your memoir by developing a three-act story structure with two timelines. Find out how this structure can help you to develop a personal story of any length and combine it with a double timeline to add complexity and dimension to your memoir.

To finish the course, Courtney shares her tips and tricks for staying focused and more importantly, inspired. Discover how she holds herself accountable during the writing process and how to generate a buzz around your story.

What is this course's project?

Write an essay that tells a personal story with a three-act structure and double timeline.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in memoir writing or learning new techniques and structures to incorporate in their writing.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary for this course.

You will need paper and colored pencils or highlighters for planning.


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2844 Students
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Courtney Maum

A course by Courtney Maum

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Author and Book Coach

American author and book coach Courtney Maum has used stories to make sense of the world since she was a child. She studied comparative literature and French translation at university before going on to work in advertising agencies as a copywriter and corporate namer. She has used her love of storytelling to create compelling backstories for everything from nail polish to electric cars.

Courtney is fascinated with the creative process and has written and published several books with some of the biggest publishing houses and editors in America, including Penguin Random House and The New York Times. She also founded a collaborative retreat for creative professionals and has a regular newsletter, Get Published, Stay Published, in which she shares her tips for staying motivated during the writing process.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Memoir and Nonfiction Writing

    • Conquering Fear and Guilt
    • What Memoir Is and Does
    • Deciding What Will Make It Into Your Story
    • Voice: What Is It and How to Find Yours?
  • U3

    Finding Your Story’s Structure

    • Plot, Sub-Plot and the Double Timeline
    • The Three-Act Story Structure
    • Putting It All Together!
  • U4

    Tips and Tricks to Keep Writing!

    • Accountability
    • Generating “Buzz” Around Your Story
    • Giving Yourself Permission to Write
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Memoir Writing: Write a Personal Story for a Universal Audience

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Memoir Writing: Write a Personal Story for a Universal Audience. A Writing course by Courtney Maum Best Seller

Memoir Writing: Write a Personal Story for a Universal Audience

A course by Courtney Maum
Author and Book Coach. Hartford, United States.
Joined February 2021
  • 99% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2844 students