Write your Life Story in Six Months

Turn a Writing Dream into Reality

 and get your life story published!

Are people always saying ‘you should write a book?’

In just SIX months, this course will support you to do that

26 week course £12.50 per session

write your life story – start today!

This course will fit into your life

Write at your own pace at whatever time of day suits you.

Write wherever you’re comfortable, whether you have a designated writing space or are sitting out in the sun.

You will be supported every step of the way to reach for your goal.

I will give you the tools and techniques to write well – your writing skills will be developed as you progress.

At every stage of the course and beyond, you won’t be alone.

Writing will become a regular part of your world

For 26 weeks, you will receive your session each week. (with bonus publishing material at the end)

(You can opt in for three telephone tutorials and critiques of samples of your work in progress – more info if you follow the sign-up link)


a memoir or an autobiography?
memoir or autobiography

get started straight away – for £12.50 per weekly session

You will receive the first session straight to your inbox.  Prepare to feel really proud of yourself – the course structure will ensure completion of the draft of your life story in six months, whether it’s an autobiography (your entire life so far) or a memoir (a slice or aspect of your life)

Editing and submission advice will be given so you’re ready to market directly to your readers using the ‘indie publishing’ option or you will be supported to go down the traditional route and submit to publishers.

Get Started Straight Away – For Just £12.50 per Weekly Session


My Risk-Free Promise

You will love this course and it will help you achieve your dream of writing your life story.

I am so confident of this that I promise a full refund within the first 30 days, should you decide it’s not for you. (Subject to a small administration levy – see my t&c’s for more information)


Imagine …

The enjoyment you will have as your story grows.

The anticipation when you begin sending your work to publishers or decide to publish independently.

The pride as you hold your book in your hands.

The joy of signing copies for all the people who’ve said ‘you should write a book.’

The thrill of earning an income from your creative passion.

Described as ‘Weightwatchers’ for Writers, each session costs £12.50 


For this you have:

The guarantee that you will have a first draft of your story within six months if you follow the guidance

Comprehensive weekly notes and activities, delivered straight to your in-box for 26 weeks.

Tutor and Peer access through an on-line forum Facebook Account Necessary

Lots of motivational hints and tips to ensure you achieve your dream.

Professional advice and expertise to ensure your work is the best it can be.

Optional 3 telephone tutorials and critiques of samples of your work in progress – more info if you follow the sign-up link

get your life story published
get your work published

This course will ensure you complete your life story

• It will enable you to find a time and put in place a routine for your writing.
• It will show you where to start.
• It will develop your knowledge of what interests a reader and being selective about what to include.
• It will help you to hone your skills as a writer.
• This course will help you to stay motivated and see the story through to completion.
• You will learn about the publishing industry and how to get noticed.


Write Your Life Story in Six Months

Part One  – Planning and Getting Started:

Gathering material.  Making a decision whether autobiography or memoir.

Looking at other writers and what they have focused on.

Concentrating on elements such as character, setting and story opening.

Developing a plan and beginning to draft.


Part Two – Keeping it Going:

Developing and honing writing skills such as pace, tension and dialogue

Bringing your story to life so it will interest your reader

Keeping your motivation and enthusiasm


Part Three – The Professional Writer:

Editing, presentation, outlets for autobiography and publication.

Living, networking and promoting yourself as a writer

You will complete a variety of autobiographical exercises in the first part of the course.  In the second part of the course you will be ordering these and writing an additional ten pages each week.  In the third part of the course, you will be identifying the gaps and improving what you already have, again writing around ten pages each week.  It is envisaged you will have a first draft of around draft of around 65,000 words if you follow this guidance.  Obviously the length of this kind of work varies enormously, some memoirs/autobiographies may be considerably longer or shorter than this.

you will acquire new skills for your writing toolbox as you progress
You will acquire new ‘tools’          for your ‘writing    toolbox’ as you progress.

Also available …

Access to a closed on-line (Facebook) forum overseen by the course tutor.  Valuable for sharing ideas, issues and offering opinion on each other’s work.

Optional professional manuscript appraisal service with proof reading and copy editing service at discounted rate at the end of the course.

Optional 3 telephone tutorials and critiques of extracts of your work in progress – more info if you follow the sign up link.

There are two ways to write your life story

1. The Hard Way

  • Using your own motivation and discipline to stay on task
  • Finding advice and inspiration in books and on-line
  • Asking friends/family to provide a second opinion on work
  • Finding other writers with whom to share experiences
  • Finding your own way through the many aspects that culminate in a compelling autobiography

2.  The Easy Way

  • Never facing the ‘blank page’ – as you will be inspired and taught new techniques throughout the course
  • Knowing that motivational advice is all in one place, week after week
  • The option of a professional critique
  • A forum of others all working through the same course and using a similar approach to achieve their written life story
  • A knowledge that you will be supported from planning through to publication and beyond.

    The Best Investment you can Make in Your Writing Dream

    my published memoir

    Commonly Asked Questions

    Will I really write a book within six months?

    Yes!  If you follow my prescribed method of writing 1-2 pages every day.  One side of handwritten A4 is 250 words.

    Won’t I need a lot of discipline to get going?

    Not discipline, more desire.  You will probably find that once you start, you won’t be able to bear to stop.  The story will all come back to you and you’ll be burning to keep going with it.

    How will it fit into my lifestyle?

    I send the 26 weekly sessions to your in-box every Monday.  It’s up to you what day and time of day you access them.  You decide when you complete the exercises.  And you arrange your ‘page a day’ habit at a time when it will fit in with your other commitments.

    Isn’t it isolating trying to work on my own?

    Writing is a solitary activity so later in the course, I provide information about networking as a writer, both online and socially.

    Also, as a course participant, you will gain access to the Facebook forum with other participants of the ‘Write a Life Story Course,’ where you can swap and share ideas, thoughts, news and gain feedback on each other’s work.  I also dip into this group and can be contacted through it, or by email.

    What if I change my mind?

    The course is one of the few online writing courses that come with a risk-free 30 day money back guarantee. *(subject to small administration/transaction fee)

    How will I know what to do with it once I have written it?

    In the latter stages of the course, guidance is given around preparing and presenting your manuscript for submission to get it published along with details of getting an agent and/or publisher.  Guidance is also given around other outlets for getting a novel published such as independent-publishing and competitions.

    How will I know if what I am writing is any good?

    All writers have this doubt.  I recently saw a tweet from JK Rowling expressing this!  As you progress through the course and your writing skills improve, your novel will strengthen.  Writing is a craft and the course will equip you to improve and be able to self-assess and edit till your manuscript is as polished as can be.

    (You can also opt in for three telephone tutorials and critiques of samples of your work in progress – more info if you follow the sign-up link)

    What if I want some feedback on my work?

    The group forum is ideal for this or you can use my manuscript appraisal service once you have completed the course, once you have got your manuscript to the best possible place it can be first.  I give a discount on this service to anyone who has completed the course.

    If you have any further questions that haven’t been covered in this list or want any help with anything then drop me a line mariastephenson1973@outlook.com

    This could be the best decision you ever make as a writer

    Make sure you get to the end


    Testimonials

    “Due to my busy life, I’m taking the distance learning course, and it easily fits into my schedule. It’s always been my dream to write my life story.  This course really points you in the right direction.”  K McHale, Otley, Leeds

    “I have loved the opportunity to take part in this creative writing course.  Maria is a fantastic teacher who knows how to bring the best our in a writer.  This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”  Yvonne, Knaresborough

    “The course is well-paced to fit in with the demands of my working life and other commitments.  I’m so glad I found it!”  Maggie, Leeds

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