Writing Your Life

Begins Thursday, September 18, 2014

You have favorite stories to tell about your friends and family, and journals full of stories about yourself. Now you’d like to write about these people and experiences. But where to begin?

Writing Your Life will show you how to identify the stories that mean the most to you and make them important to other readers. Capture family members on the page and turn life episodes into structured narratives.

Along the way you’ll tackle the questions that come up when writing about people you know. How do you write about painful experiences? How do you give details about times that you barely remember? How do you write about subjects that might make family or friends angry at you?

Published pieces, in-class writing prompts, weekly exercises, and informal sharing of work will help you find what’s compelling about your life — and transform it into a compelling story.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to turn mundane experiences into personal and meaningful work
  • How to make readers connect to your life stories
  • How to use elements like character, plot, and setting to develop your stories
  • How to navigate through painful experiences on the page

What you’ll write:

  • Exercises to help you identify which life stories have the most potential
  • A draft of a personal essay or story

What you’ll read:

  • Published examples of personal essays and memoir
  • Occasional sharing of classmates’ work

Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • Beginning writers

About the Instructor

Kelsie Huff is the producer and host of the kates, has created three one-woman shows and continues to tell stories and perform stand-up across the nation. Huff is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, the Second City Conservatory, and the iO writing program. She is currently Chicago’s Feminine Comique instructor. Feminine Comique is an all female stand upcomedy class produced by Tight Five Productions.


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    At A Glance

    Dates: Thursdays, September 18 – November 13, 2014 (no class October 16)

    # of Sessions: 8

    Time: 6:30pm – 9pm

    Level: Beginning

    Location: Chicago Studio

    Course Fee: $415