Straw into Gold:
Writing eCourse with Laurie Wagner
There are so many things to write about, and as someone who enjoys writing personal stories, I’m always trying to mine the gold from my real life experiences, the moments that feel transformative and that teach me the most. These are often the smallest moments of our lives – the straw you’re standing on, the dirt under your feet. It’s the old woman panhandling on the corner. It’s you sitting shot-gun while your teenage daughter takes the wheel for the first time, the way your partner slams the gate on their way out to work, the bird’s nest you find in a tree near your house that has been abandoned.
In and of themselves, these might not seem like stories at all, but often there is a deeper layer at their core, and a reason that we’re drawn to them. This reason is the gold, and that what we’ll move toward in class – finding the gold. To that end, this class will take the lens of story and train it on five big areas of our lives.
Home * Spirit * Love * Family * Work
In our 5-weeks together we will write stories from these corners of our lives and explore:
- What we see
- How it touches us
- What we learn
- Who we become
That’s the arc of the personal story!
STRAW into GOLD
This 5-week class takes off where Telling True Stories left off,
burrowing even deeper into the material of our lives as we…
*Look for the story in the simple moments
*Find our narrative voice to tell that story
*Mine for the details so the story comes alive
*Appreciate how structure works in story
*Find the natural epiphanies and lessons in the tale
This class is perfect for beginning or seasoned writers. If you’ve taken Telling True Stories, it’s a natural next class, but it’s not a requirement. Both classes stand on their own.
If your heart is saying YES to Straw Into Gold, Join us… Sign up!
Here’s What I Know:
Life becomes much more interesting when we’re reporting from it’s edges. When we’re able to transcend what appears to be happening in our lives and look at those same things through a writer’s lens.
Sign Up if You:
Want to take the stories you already love to tell to a deeper place with more understanding and insight. Instead of just telling them again, you’ll start to ask yourself, what is this story trying to tell me?
Why You Should Work With Me
I love story and I am committed to creating safe and supportive environments that inspire writers to access their true voices, and to get to the creamy center of what they really want to say. I have an intuitive eye, and I trust that when we tell our true stories on paper we align ourselves with what is true in our lives, and that transforms us.
I also know that after 20 years of writing and working with thousands of writers at all levels, what gets most people to lay some track on the page are writing prompts, deadlines and community. The value of that is worth more than the price of admission.
• Will you be reading and editing our work each week?
I will not. Work will be seen and read by the community, and writers will be encouraged to comment and share their thoughts with each other. If you want to work with me one on one you can contact me, or join one of my classes at writers.com.
• I’m so busy, how much time will I have to commit each week?
Each week you will receive three emails from me – two short writing lessons as well as an interview with a seasoned writer who I admire. The lessons are meant to inspire and get you moving. You will also receive four writing prompts during the week and an invitation to send one of your pieces to the class by Sunday night. You can write as much during the week as you like, or as little as you have time for. If you had one and a half hours during the week to write you’d have enough time to do something you’d be proud of.
• I’ve only journaled before. I don’t know if I’m really a writer.
Sure you are. And this class is a perfect chance to come out of the closet and into the light of day, make some friends and write about new things. It’s a perfect next step for a person who has spent a lot of time in their journal.
• I still have questions, can we talk?
Definitely. Email me!