Write Your Memoir in 4 Months Independent Program

$136.00 / month for 4 months with a 7-day free trial

With comprehensive self-guided instruction, a progressive writing schedule, and group support, our Write Your Memoir in 4 Months independent 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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Why Write a Memoir?

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 a while or COVID has 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.

What is the Write Your Memoir in 4 Months Program?

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 self-directed study, group support, 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.

How the Program Works: 3-Sided Framework

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.

Group Support

From the very beginning you will have the opportunity to connect and engage with peer writers in our private Facebook group, The One Lit Place Writers’ Lounge. This is a safe, inclusive group of serious writers all of whom are there to lean on each other, brainstorm, and even branch off into small groups or pairs as beta readers and support partners. When you’re supported by other writers, your output, level of confidence, and feelings of agency remain high- and that’s what spurs you on to keep going, even (and especially!) when the going gets rough.

Time Commitment

The program requires you spend about 8 hours per week:

  • 3-4 pages per day of writing, 5 days per week
  • Approx. 30 minutes per week for the self-guided lessons
  • Connecting with peer writers: variable

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.

What You Get

  • Comprehensive course lessons containing video, lecture, and additional suggested resources and readings (19 lessons total)
  • Customizable writing schedule
  • Downloadable sheets and guides
  • 24/7 access to secure chat group of fellow program participants and private group on Facebook

The Self-Guided Course Lesson Contents

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




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Mentor Support Is There When You Need It

This tier of the program is perfect for the motivated author with a strong concept and clear vision. If you find during the program you would benefit from the support of one of our mentors, by all means, reach out! Our mentors are on hand to give you a nudge in the right direction by brainstorming a tricky section, giving you strategies to get you over the humps, read through pages, and simply hold your intensions with you.

You can add mentor hours on an individual basis as much as you need to get the work done and stay focused – and enjoy a 15% discount on the hourly rate as a participant of the program.

Ongoing Registration On Your Schedule

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.

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What Happens When You Enroll

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.

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Program Outcomes

If you do your daily writing, engage with your lessons, and talk shop, share intel, and get/give help from your fellow writers, 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.

Are you ready?


Other Program Plan Options

If you’re looking for a full support version of mentorship (weekly meetings rather than every-other-week 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:

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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.

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You’ve been ready to write your memoir for a long time. Now is your time.

We’re looking forward to writing with you.

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