Have you always wanted to share your unique story with the world but don’t know where to start?

 

What if you could work with, not one, but two memoir-writing authors to learn the craft?

 

Well, here is your chance…

Crafting Your Memoir:
A Five-Week Journey of Self-Discovery

Hosted by Transformational Writing Coach Micah Schwader, author of Stumbling Into Grace: The Adventures of a Transgender Shaman

Katherine Ann Power - author of Surrender: My Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother

With Special Guest Katherine Ann Power, author of Surrender: My Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother

Katherine Ann Power - author of Surrender: My Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother

Intersecting Paths of Micah and Katherine

Synchronicities in life hinted at Micah’s memoir-writing path, none more serendipitous than his encounter with Katherine Power. Fate wove their paths together thirty years ago at Micah’s coffeehouse in Corvallis, Oregon, where the fugitive Katherine worked as a chef while negotiating her surrender to authorities after being on the run for 23 years, 14 of which were on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

While their paths were wildly different in so many ways, they both had the thread of identity woven through their journeys in significant ways: one seeking it, the other fleeing it.

Micah and Katherine have unearthed their versions of serenity and now seek to illuminate the path for others by sharing their stories.

Katherine published her memoir, Surrender: My Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother in October 2023. Micah is finishing the audiobook version of his memoir, Stumbling Into Grace: The Adventures of a Transgender Shaman, and will be publishing soon.

What is a Memoir and why write yours?

Hello, this is Micah!

A few years ago, I listened to author Elizabeth Gilbert’s (Eat, Pray, Love) podcast “Magic Lessons” where she interviewed a novice memoir writer.

Two things stood out for me during the conversation. 

One was what a memoir is versus an autobiography.

An autobiography is a historical account of a person’s life, relying on facts and data, and typically spans the entire lifetime.

A memoir is less formal, narrower in scope or timeline, is written in first-person point of view, and shares a story or series of stories that changed your life and can potentially transform your readers. A memoir uses feeling and memories, as well as facts, and has flexibility about choosing what to highlight.

An autobiography is informational writing; a memoir is transformational writing!

Why Write Your Memoir?

The other thing that stood out in Gilbert’s podcast were the reasons to write your memoir:

✓ Preserving Personal History: Writing a memoir allows you to document your life experiences, preserving your personal history for yourself, your loved ones, and future generations.

✓ Self-Reflection and Growth: Reflecting on your life can be a powerful tool for personal growth and self-discovery. Writing a memoir causes you to delve into your past, confront your experiences, and gain insights that can lead to personal growth and understanding.

✓ Sharing Wisdom and Lessons Learned: Memoirs often contain valuable lessons and insights gleaned from life experiences. By sharing your stories, you can impart wisdom to others, offering guidance, inspiration, and comfort.

✓ Connecting with Others: Memoirs have the power to resonate with readers on a deeply personal level. By sharing your struggles, triumphs, and emotions, you connect with readers who have had similar experiences, fostering empathy, understanding, and a sense of community.

✓ Catharsis and Healing: Writing about past traumas or difficult experiences can be a cathartic process, allowing you to confront and make sense of your emotions, and ultimately, find healing and closure.

✓ Creative Expression: Crafting a memoir is a form of creative expression. It allows you to explore different writing styles, techniques, and narrative structures while telling your unique story.

✓ Leaving a Legacy: A memoir can serve as a lasting legacy, allowing you to leave behind a piece of yourself for future generations to remember you by.

Ultimately, the reasons for writing a memoir are as varied as the individuals who choose to write one. Whether for personal growth, self-expression, or to leave a mark on the world, writing a memoir can be a deeply meaningful and rewarding experience.

Become a Storyteller of Your Life

Crafting Your Memoir: A Five-Week Journey of Self-Discovery is an interactive and experiential journey designed to help you become a storyteller of your life.

Crafting Your Memoir will guide you on your memoir-writing path, from tapping into your creative genius to refining and polishing  your writing.

You will learn…

techniques to access your right brain to tap into the flow of writing

how to recall memories and then shape them into compelling stories

how to fit each piece of the writing puzzle together so that every element contributes to an engaging story

how to tell your story using fiction-writing techniques like character-building, scenes, and dialogue (called narrative nonfiction)

how to have fun as you discover more about yourself and your life experiences in the writing process

how to extract meaning from your story, providing the reader with reflection and a takeaway

techniques that you can use in all forms of writing

How Crafting Your Memoir: A Five-Week Journey of Self-Discovery works

🖋️ Each week for five weeks, you will get your juices flowing when we meet live on zoom for 60 minutes. The calls will include lessons with examples, discussion about the week’s topic, and homework. All calls will be recorded.

🖋️ You will be given writing prompts to work on during the week between calls. If you would like feedback, you can send your writing to Micah and he will give you individualized comments on your writing. Micah will respond to requests within 48 hours.

🖋️ Any questions you have between calls you can send to us in an email and we will respond within 24 hours.

🖋️ Join our LinkedIn memoir-writing group to exchange information and questions with the community.

🖋️ Premium level offers you two private, 60-minute coaching sessions with Writing Coach Micah Schwader in addition to the group calls.

Most important, you will have Micah and Katherine as your coaches, guides, and mentors every step of the way!

More of What you will learn

  • How to narrow your focus on a specific message that offers universally true principles to help the reader
  • How to create a powerful “hook” to grab your readers
  • What turning points add to the story and which ones to leave out so your reader can apply your experience to theirs
  • How to use vivid details and astute observations to shape your story
  • How to tell the truth without upsetting the people you are describing
  • How to share an experience that readers can relate to
  • How to recreate what happened while honoring the truth of your story 
  • How to show your story, not tell it, inviting your reader to draw their own conclusions
  • How to use elements of fiction like dialogue, description, conflict, tension, pacing, etc. to bring your story to life
  • How to create an emotional journey for your readers
  • How to show the transformation you’ve experienced, the personal growth you’ve had through hindsight
  • How to make meaning from your story
  • How to create subtle moments of observation about the world around you
  • How to create a relatable connection for the reader
  • How to use setup and payoff to keep the reader reading
  • How to use foreshadowing and other techniques to keep your reader engaged

What We will Cover in the Course

🖋️  Week 1: Finding Your Voice

In our opening week, we embark on a journey of self-discovery as we delve into the heart of memoir writing. We’ll define the art of memoir writing and its purpose. We’ll draw inspiration from captivating memoirs, exploring the significance of voice and authenticity in crafting narratives that truly speak to the soul.

Uncovering Your Story

Unlock the treasure trove of your memories and emotions as we guide you through techniques for identifying key moments in your life. Through engaging exercises, you’ll begin to weave together the threads of your past, crafting a timeline of significant events that will form the foundation of your memoir.

 

🖋️  Week 2: Structure and Narrative Arc

Building Your Narrative

In our second week, we shift our focus to the architecture of storytelling. Discover the power of the traditional narrative arc and explore various approaches to structuring your memoir. You’ll begin to outline your narrative’s framework, mapping out the journey that will lead readers through the tapestry of your life.

Crafting Compelling Scenes

Step into the world of vivid storytelling as we explore the art of scene-setting. Learn to breathe life into your narrative, vividly describing settings, characters, and emotions to transport readers to pivotal moments in your story. Through practice, you’ll master the art of crafting scenes that leave a lasting impression.

 

🖋️  Week 3: Developing Characters

Portraying Authenticity

Authenticity is the cornerstone of memoir writing, and in week three, we delve into the nuances of character portrayal. Explore strategies for depicting yourself and others with honesty and integrity, navigating ethical considerations with grace and insight. Discover the art of creating multi-dimensional characters that leap off the page and into the hearts of your readers.

Dialogue and Voice

Dialogue breathes life into your narrative, infusing it with authenticity and depth. Learn to harness the power of dialogue as we explore its role in memoir writing. Through practical exercises, you’ll hone your skills in crafting dialogue that propels the narrative forward, while maintaining a consistent voice that resonates throughout your memoir. 

 

🖋️  Week 4: Themes and Reflection

Identifying Themes

In week four, we embark on a journey of introspection as we uncover the underlying themes woven throughout your memoir. Discover how themes provide cohesion and depth to your narrative, brainstorming creative ways to infuse your story with meaning and resonance.

Reflection and Growth

Reflection is the cornerstone of personal growth, and in our final week, we explore its transformative power. Engage in reflective writing exercises designed to deepen your understanding of your own experiences, fostering insight and self-discovery along the way.

 

🖋️  Week 5: Revision and Polishing

The Revision Process

As we near the finish line, we turn our attention to the art of revision. Learn strategies for refining your memoir, embracing feedback and iteration as essential components of the writing process. Develop a roadmap for revising your work, focusing on structure, language, and clarity to ensure your story shines.

Final Touches and Next Steps

In our closing week, we look at how to put the finishing touches on your memoir, polishing it to a professional standard. Explore publishing options and celebrate your progress, setting goals for the next chapter of your writing journey.

 

🖋️  Join Us on This Transformative Journey

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to share your work with fellow writers, receiving feedback and encouragement every step of the way. Our personalized coaching and support will empower you to unlock your full potential as a memoirist, equipping you with the tools and confidence to bring your story to life.

Don’t miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery and storytelling. Register today and take the first step toward crafting the memoir you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

Invest in Myself

Classes will be Tuesdays, May 28th throuh June 25th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. All calls will be recorded!

 The Investment for Writing a Book

Before I get to the investment, let me share some numbers from the industry. If you hire a writing coach one-on-one, the coaching fees will typically range from $600-$1200 per month. A memoir on average takes about a year to complete. If you were to work with a coach, the investment might reach $12,000-$24,000 for the year. If you’re just getting started as a writer, that’s a lot of money.

That’s why we developed this memoir-writing journey — to help writers get their juices flowing and their words pouring out for much, much less.

 

…..work every step of the way with coaches and mentors who have written their memoirs

To get you off to a great start, we are offering Crafting Your Memoir for only $297!

Micah's writing clients pay anywhere from $150-$300 per hour, depending on the length of time coaching.

To upgrade to Premium for two hours of private coaching with Micah, the investment is $447.