$324.00 / month for 4 months with a 7-day free trial
With continuous personal mentorship, comprehensive self-guided instruction, and a daily writing schedule, our Write Your Memoir in 4 Months weekly program provides everything you need. You do the writing, and we handle the rest. In 4 months, you’ll have a draft of your memoir!
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Memoir is a beautiful way of exploring your life through a specific frame in order to share how you came to clarity or transformed in some way. Memoirs are always high on the best-selling lists because people love the intimacy, connection, and opportunity to engage at that candid level.
Whether you’ve been wanting to write about a specific incident or slice of your life for some time or your experiences during COVID opened your eyes to wanting to connect with readers — and yourself — through sharing your story, a memoir is an exciting art form for both you and for your audience.
This unique program is designed to push you with guidance, accountability, and mentorship through the first draft of your book.
The program involves a carefully designed hybrid of continuous dedicated mentorship, self-directed study, and a clearly laid out writing schedule built into a 4-month framework. Everything you need to write a memoir is planned for, so you can focus on your writing. At the program’s end, you will have a complete first draft.
♦ Your Personal Mentor
From the very beginning you will have a mentor by your side who is your brainstorming, support, and accountability partner, and there to offer strategies for maximizing your writing and staying motivated. Having dedicated support and the awareness that someone who knows you and your work is invested in your success makes an enormous difference when you’re writing a book.
♦ Self-Directed Study
Weekly lessons help you develop your mentor; in them you will learn new approaches to writing craft and practice, determine best strategies for aspects of mentor structure, and see how to manipulate a variety of techniques for establishing setting, developing character, creating tension and plot, how to deal with point of view, different ways to write scene and what your first edit will look like once you have your draft completed.
♦ Your Daily Writing Schedule
Your writing calendar shows you your progressive daily page count for 4 months. Five days a week, you write 3-4 pages per day, which yields a 240-320 page draft. You can share your calendar, progress, and challenges with your mentor to stay accountable and get new strategies for staying on schedule.
The program suggests you spend about 8-9 hours per week:
The program was designed to be a manageable length so writers with jobs, families, and other obligations can do the work and not have to make a heavy compromise on your life, while at the same time, 4 months is a productive period when you can see the finish line in fast approach.
*The program length and workload is adaptable to suit all schedules and writing styles.
By the end of your first week of enrollment, you will be matched with one of our mentors. Our mentors are published authors, skilled writing coaches & editors and part of the One Lit Place Creative Team. Each has a minimum of 10-year’s experience working with writing clients of all genres and holds either a PhD and/or MFA (or M.A.) in Writing and English Literature.
Their energetic outsider’s view of your work and process always provides a wonderful dose of fresh air, and whether you’re an emerging writer and this is your first book or you’ve published numerous works, they will design their approach to meet you exactly where you are and with the tools and suggestions you need so you feel heard, understood and uniquely supported.
The 8 Modules contain 19 lessons: 2 pre-lessons, 16 weekly program lessons, and 1 post-lesson. Each lesson is timed to correspond with your memoir’s development.
Lessons include all aspects of writing craft to create a vivid, dynamic reading experience; how to handle real people, managing memory, writing the nonfiction book proposal, and much more.
The Lessons’ Instructor: Jenna Kalinsky, Founder/Principal of One Lit Place
Imagine if you were to register right now: in 4 months, that memoir you’ve been holding on to (for how long?) or thinking about will finally be a reality!
Embarking on writing a memoir feels like the equivalent of moving a mountain, but once you start, you’re on your way. Small modifications to your lifestyle such as waking an hour earlier or writing in 2 half-hour chunks during the day for the next four months will move quickly and then you’ll have your book.
You may never “feel ready” to write your memoir, but when you leap in, we will be there to support you every step of the way to make sure your book happens.
Day 1: The program begins the moment you sign up. You receive your Welcome email containing a link to the Member Area at One Lit Place, where you will access your first Preparatory Lesson containing a workbook and video to get you started off on the most powerful foot.
Day 3: Access your second preparatory lesson with downloadable files, the link to our private Facebook group, and the first day’s preparation task.
Day 5: Your last preparatory lesson, which will take you through a 2-day task as you organize your writing process for the next 4 months.
Day 7: Lesson 1 and your first writing day!
Day 8: Your first payment begins. Now we get to work.
The middle of the second week: You’re paired with your mentor and receive an invitation to your private team in our editors’ platform where you connect and schedule your first meeting.
If you do your daily writing, engage with your lessons, meet with your mentor, and capitalize on the confidence and support, at the end of 4 months, you will have a memoir draft.
You will also learn writing craft, strategies to sustain a long-form writing project, and a ton about what you’re made of and what you’re capable of achieving. You will learn how it feels to create something meaningful, how to navigate the ups and downs, and how to enjoy letting your literary guide teach you and inspire you along the way. Most of all, you will learn what it feels like to complete an enormous undertaking- one of which you can be very proud.
If you’re looking for a lighter version of mentorship (bi-weekly meetings rather than weekly meetings) or would like to do the program on your own with the self-directed lessons and writing schedule, you will find other options to help you write your memoir:
See how it feels to embark on the program before deciding it’s for you. Your first 7 days of the program are FREE. There is no obligation to continue.
You’ve been ready to write your memoir for a long time. Now is your time.
We’re looking forward to writing with you.