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Who would want to read my memoir?

What if my life isn't very interesting?

What stories should I tell?

What if I can't remember anything?

Can I really write my story if I’m not a professional author?

Where do I even start?

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK ME
ABOUT WRITING THEIR LIFE STORIES.

What if you could write about your past with a fresh perspective . . .
and see yourself as someone who's fascinating?

YOU CAN.    YOU REALLY CAN.   AND I WANT TO HELP YOU SEE YOUR PAST THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS.

Hi, I'm Michelle!

I've been documenting my family's personal history since I was in the second grade. I've taught my children how to interview their grandparents.

I keep a daily journal. I research my family's genealogy.

I even talk about my life all of the time in blogs and networking events.

And, I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to help so many grateful people write and record their memoirs.

But even with my experience, finding time and knowing what to write about my own life was difficult . . . at least until I started looking at my writing differently.

When I became certified as a Birren Guided Autobiography (GAB) instructor, I also started writing the raw materials of my own memoir. I'll admit, it's still a work in progress, but every time I write, I learn more about myself. I forgive and grieve and connect the dots. I recall joyful memories that help me connect with my family, and I remember people I've lost. Writing my memoir is not therapy, but it is therapeutic.

In my Hindsight is 20/20 Guided Memoir Workshop: Write Your Story with a New Perspective, I'm going to teach you how to start your memoir. And, I'll be right there with you each week!

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IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR YOU?

I created this workshop for grateful people who enjoy writing but

√  Don't think of themselves as authors.

√  Don't know how to start their memoir.

√  Don't know what to write.

√  Struggle to keep themselves accountable.

√  Need a group of like-minded Storytellers for encouragement and support.

If this is you, then here's what I need you to know:

Writing your life story has the potential to empower so many generations of your family that you can't waste one more minute of your time thinking about it. You must start today!

INTENTIONALLY PARTICIPATE AND YOU'LL GET

√  Written short stories that become the raw material for your memoir

√  More confidence to write and share your stories

√  Memories you haven’t thought about for years

√  More storytelling ideas to write about after the workshop has ended

√  A renewed view of your life and how much you matter to this world

√  A better understanding of yourself and the people and events that have made you who you are today

√  Momentum to carry your writing forward

Best of all . . . with 20/20 hindsight, you’ll begin to make sense of your past so you can ENVISION your future!

I BET YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT'S INCLUDED!

Weekly Lessons

Each week, you'll receive an online lesson—a set of short videos and/or handouts delivered via my Life Story School on the Teachable platform. Each video or exercise will include personal instruction from me, just like I use with my one-to-one clients. The content for the week could be about storytelling, habits, writing tips, creativity, etc.

Memory Triggers

You'll receive 6 life topics and related questions to stimulate your memory and get those creative ideas flowing. You can download, print, and save these questions for further reference and writing.

Homework Assignments

Let's face it. Some people (I'm one of them!) need a deadline to make something a priority. To encourage you to start a new writing habit, your homework assignments will each be due by our next Storytelling Session. (Once you work with me, you're part of the family. If I don't hear from you and you don't come to the meeting, I will worry about your health and safety. Don't be surprised if I reach out to you just to make sure you are still A-OK!)

Group Storytelling Sessions

You'll participate in our weekly online live Storytelling Sessions where you’ll read your 2-page narrative. This appointment not only gives you a deadline, but you'll find that you can't wait to hear your fellow students' stories! It's amazing how quickly your small group connects with each other.

Positive Feedback on the Content

Although you'll be writing your stories, this is not a writing course, per se. I describe this as a storytelling course. During the group Storytelling Sessions, you'll give and receive positive feedback about the content (not the writing) of the stories. This is confidential and supportive group of like-minded grateful people who are cheering you on!

Online Conversation Venue

Writing your memoir in a vacuum is difficult. One memory could fill you with joy and energy that you're bursting to share with someone else. And yet, after exploring another memory, you could find yourself melancholy and needing a little pick-me-up. We're here for you! You'll have access to a private, online venue in which you can ask or share anything. This is a forum for all workshop participants, and I will check in on the conversation throughout the workshop as well.

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO PARTICIPATE . . .

Email access

You'll need email access to receive communication (e.g., reminders, schedule changes, etc.) about the workshop.

A computer, phone, or tablet

You'll need to connect to a browser so you can watch the videos, download the printable materials, and participate in the Storytelling Sessions. The Storytelling Sessions will be video conferences (via Zoom). If you don't have a device that includes a webcam so you can participate by video, no problem. You can join by phone. We’ll be using the Teachable platform for the instructional component of the workshop.

Something to write on

Each week, you'll write at least two pages of your memoir. You can hand write your stories or you can type them. It's your choice. You'll need a notebook or a laptop to to finish your assignments. You might also want a folder or a binder to store the handouts and your stories.

WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE MAGIC WILL BE HAPPENING?

The workshop will run from January 9, 2020 to February 19, 2020.

The weekly lessons will be delivered on Thursdays.

The group Storytelling Sessions will be held online during a weeknight.
Night and time will be determined after all participants have registered.

Online Storytelling Sessions were previously planned on Wednesdays
(starting on January 15th) from noon-2 pm (Eastern).

Only 10 students per workshop and registration closes on January 3, 2020 @ 9 pm Eastern . So if you want in, register now while seats are still available.

MY INVITATION TO YOU

Since this is the first time I'm running this workshop online, I invite
you to join me for the LOW INTRODUCTORY price of $97!

I don't know when this price will increase, but the 6-week workshop with my daily personal interaction will never go lower than this price.

See what some of my previous students have to say . . .

Just a big "Thank You". It was fun and no stress! I am pleased that I did not have be too concerned, with grammar and punctuation. All the stuff that made me hesitant to write. - Linda

When I was first approached about doing this, I wasn’t sure what types of stories would be interesting enough to qualify. But I was surprised at how quickly my stories came to me. They almost wrote themselves!

- Adele

Michelle, your calm presence and encouragement really brightened my days during this challenge! You are a gem 😉 I can tell you put a lot of hard work into it, and that this is something you truly love to do. - Elena

Michelle Beckman this has been a gift. Doing this was a lot of fun. I’m going to have to buy a new computer with a lot of memory to store all of these stories.

- Kristin Morello

Still Have Some Questions? I've Got the Answers for You!