Writers- Andrea King Collier is an author in my local area (Lansing, MI), and I was delighted to benefit from her teaching at a seminar through the annual conference for Lansing writers, A Rally of Writers. So when she posted about her upcoming online memoir/essay class on Facebook, I asked her if I could share it with my audience. I like to be able to personally recommend teachers and classes, and I'm comfortable doing so after what I learned from her at a past year's conference. Below is her post and information.
Tell It Like It Is: Launch Your Essays and Memoirs
Everybody has a story that they'd like to tell. For most people, the story stays in their heads. For the rest of us, we dare to get it on the page so it can be shared. It's about taking the leap and then making the story come to life.
Tell It Like It Is: Launch Your Essays and Memoirs is a six-week online class to help you jumpstart your stories and share your truths.
The class will officially start on January 6. So you will need to spend the time between now and then getting an essay or concept on your memoir and a sample chapter ready to workshop. That's why you need at least a month before we start the class to prepare. A rough draft of no more than 1,500 words is fine.
On Wednesdays for those 6 weeks from 7-8:30 we will have a classroom session to talk about your questions and open things up for discussion.
Sharing: Essay and memoir are so deeply personal. I give you the option of becoming a part of the class forum that allows you to share and give feedback on each other's work. Or you can just share your work with me.
What you can expect from me: It depends on what you want to work on. If it is an essay, I will work with you on the draft you send. I will offer you the tools to bring your essay to the next level.
If you are trying to give shape to your memoir, we will work to give you a solid outline and a great sample chapter. I will also give you a format for what a book proposal for a memoir looks like.
How much time do you need to get the most out of the class? This is important. In teaching the class for over the past five years, I know that the people who get the best result are the ones who are ready to commit to working on their essay and doing the readings and participating fully. That said, it's not bad. You need to be able to give it six-eight hours a week, including your readings, worksheets and revisions. It also depends on how many essays you want to work on during our time together. If you are an advanced writer and have several essays stowed away in your desk, you can work on more than one piece. The deal is that we work on one essay at a time. You cannot work on the second piece with me until you have done the heavy lifting on the first piece.
My goal with you is to help you have finished work that you can send to magazines, online outlets, anthologies, etc. And for the memoir folks, my goal is to help you get a roadmap for what you want to tell and how you want to tell it. I want you to have the strongest blueprint as possible for your unique story. Believe me, it helps.
Will you sell an essay? Will you sell your memoir? I can't promise you that. There are a lot of things that happen that keep a work from being published. One of the biggest ones is that people get scared to send their work out because they have revealed some of the most personal parts of themselves. Another factor is your willingness to take it beyond the precious first draft. And finally, the truth is that it sometimes takes several tries to find the right home for it. But we will work together to give you some ideas of what publications and outlets might be great for your particular work.
Some of you just want to dip your toe in the water and want to work on craft. There is space for that, too.
What you need to participate:
• A computer with WIFI
• An email account to send and receive your work
• Helpful if you have Skype or Facetime
• A free dropbox account
• An essay or memoir chapter up to 1,500 words
So if you are ready to kick off the New Year with your best writing work, let's do this.
About the Instructor
Andrea Collier is an award winning essayist and memoirist. Her work appears in O the Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Town and Country, Woman's Day, the New York Times, Essence, More and others. Her work also appears in The Best Food Writing Anthology Series, Wedding Cake for Breakfast Anthology, and others. She is the author of Still With Me...A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss, an award winning memoir published by Simon and Schuster, and The Black Woman's Guide to Black Men's Health.
Her essay classes are always in demand. Writers who have taken the class have gone on to have their work published in the New York Times' Modern Love, and Lives, the Washington Post, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Marie Claire, the Onion, and others. Several have gone on to secure book deals for their memoirs. Her book on essay and memoir will launch in January 2014.
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Course fee is: $250 for the six week session
How do you register? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know that you want to take the class. Because the class normally fills up so fast, I will send you a confirmation that there is space for you. Then go to my Paypal account. Paypal.com and go to my account email@example.com and pay $250 .
I will then send you a confirmation and a worksheet.
Dearest readers and writers,
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But how to get to those goals?
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So, this holiday season, I've got a challenge for you.
Help me get to 500 "likes" at my professional FB page, and 2K Twitter followers. If I reach both those goals before Christmas, I will donate $100 to a female Latin american entrepreneur through Kiva (and this is a public endeavor, so you can rest assured I'll follow through).
If you already follow me on these sites, you can still help. Tweet or post about my challenge. RT my posts on twitter. Let the world know!
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