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Write Your Life Story

Have you thought about writing your story, sharing life-altering events? Does your family really know about their heritage? If you've ever thought about writing your life story, now is the time!

In this course, you will have the satisfaction of telling history your way. You will learn how to bring characters to life, recall vivid memories, engage readers, and even manage your creative time. You may even find a lucrative market for your story, just like the authors of the bestselling Rocket Boys and Angela's Ashes. This course walks you step-by-step through the process of writing your life story. It's fun. It's exciting. It's a story only you can tell!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Write Your Life Story


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Course Code: wl1

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the step-by-step process of writing your life story - from developing your characters to considering your publication options
  • Examine the path you will take in writing your memoir by considering style, genre, and themes
  • Analyze events and people that shaped who you are, and learn how to bring them to life for your readers
  • Learn journalistic skills that will help you uncover your own past and record important events
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Rediscover your fondest memories and gain a better understanding of the events that shaped your life
  • Learn how to turn your time and creativity into something tangible that you can be proud of and pass on
  • Discover how to share your experiences with other people in an engaging, memorable fashion


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Week 1

Learn to analyze what makes good memoir writing, better understand the genre, and become familiar with the applications. Then, discover ways to optimize and analyze the stories in life. You will consider what direction you will take in your writing.

Week 2

Find opportunities to create ways to allow the stories to be revealed. Then, understand and be able to develop character studies in order to bring characters and people to life. Discover some things about yourself as you reflect on those who have been a part of your world.

Week 3

Learn to organize and brainstorm material for the story. Then, write stories that are jogged to mind via objects and experiences. You will do this by investigating your senses and your memories.

Week 4

Focus on life-changing moments that reveal the story. Learn where to find writing time and when may be the most creative times for working on your life story. Then, utilize and conduct interviews to capture your stories as you perfect your journalistic skills.

Week 5

Learn to analyze the reader, and explore how to write for the reader. Then, develop the skills necessary to format the stories or memoir in chapters and logical order.

Week 6

Utilize techniques to research, self-edit, and develop a marketable writing style. Discuss selecting titles and including supplemental material—focusing on the extras that could make your book visually appealing. Finally, discover and analyze publishing options.

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Instructors & Support

Eva Shaw

Eva Shaw, Ph.D. is a full-time working writer. She has authored thousands of articles, essays, and short stories and more than 70 books including “Writing the Nonfiction Book” and “Insider’s Guide to San Diego.” Her work has been featured in USA Today, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, and others. She has won several awards, including the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Woman of Merit Award.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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