Join

The Pandemic Stories Anthology Workshop

 

 

Write your personal story about the pandemic

and enjoy seeing it published in an anthology.

 

3 KEY BENEFITS

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Write your personal pandemic story in two weeks

  • Write freely even if you've had no writing experience 
  • Write from the heart
  • Complete a publishable account of a pandemic experience that matters to you
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Enjoy guidance and feedback in a live interactive class each week

  • Build rapport and relationships with fellow classmates
  • Get warm and positive feedback from teacher and like-minded classmates
  • Learn pro techniques to improve your writing

 

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Realize your dream of being a published author 

  • Cost of professional editing, formatting and proofreading included in your fee
  • The published anthology will be available on Amazon.
  • Retain ownership of your story
  • Receive two copies of the anthology

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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MAKE QUICK START 

1. Read a best-selling memoir from the suggested list before class begins

2. Come to first class prepared to share what stood out for you in the memoir you read.

3. Complete writing exercises in class and decide on the narrow topic for your pandemic story.

HOMEWORK:

Write and title your three-page story (about 1,500 words)  focusing on an aspect of your pandemic experience that matters to you.

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FILL IN THE GAPS

1. Bring your Word document rough draft to class.

2. Read your story aloud to your small group, and share positive feedback with each other.

3. In the large group, we'll discuss the ways to enhance your writing and prepare manuscript for the editor.


HOMEWORK:

Make suggested changes using the font and format required. Submit your 100-word bio and your high resolution photo. See the Tips and Guidelines for details.

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LEARN PRO TIPS 

1. Learn to respond to editor using tracked changes in your Word document.

2. Sharpen your hook, tighten your story, and fill in any missing pieces.

3. Review and approve your 100-word bio and photo to appear in the book.

 


HOMEWORK:

Complete any manuscript changes and email to the Editorial Team within two days. 

 

 

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MAKE FINAL TOUCHES

1. Read your finished story to your small group.

2. Review the anthology layout and submission process.

3. Discuss any questions or concerns.

4. Plan virtual launch event.

5. Check your email daily in case we need to reach you regarding your manuscript. 

 

Congratulations!

FAQs

READ WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

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"Before I took the course, I had started my life story about a year ago.  It was buried in a folder on my computer and I was stuck getting back to it....with the support and connection to like-minded aspirants, I have not only returned to writing my life story, I now have the tools and confidence to complete it."

~Gladys Anderson
Anderson Consulting

 

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"What a truly memorable day you gave all of us. You are organized, respectful, incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging, and an absolute delight. I feel honored to have been taught by you today. I wrote about an experience I've not shared before because you made the group so safe. Thank you. . .I know we each felt touched in a way we'd not felt before."

~ Tessa Kershnar
Marriage and Family Therapist

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"Flora taught me so much about memory, storytelling, working with groups, online teaching, facilitation in person with groups of various sizes and composition, marketing, etc., but primarily what I learned from her was the importance of listening, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and other amazing people skills that will serve me well no matter what activities I pursue. Flora has a very expansive and abiding faith in the goodness of humanity that shines through in all that she says and every action she takes."

—John Countryman
Narrative Gerontologist
Virginia Commonwealth University

~Enrollment closed~

PAYMENT

$497

  • Expert guidance and accountability in a safe space.
  • Live 2-hour interactive class each week on Zoom. View and participation best on a computer.
  • All copyediting, editing, formatting, proofreading, coaching, cover design, and publishing fees for your paperback print and ebook included.
  • Each participant will receive two copies of the paperback version.
  • Private Facebook group for feedback and peer support in between live classes.
  • Your story will be published along with those of your classmates in a 6" x 9" paperback and ebook anthology.
  • Virtual book launch celebration once the anthology is published.

     

ENROLLMENT CLOSED

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Flora Brown is a Certified Guided Autobiography Facilitator and part of the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies.  She received a B.A. in English, a Masters in Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern California. 

Drawing from 40 years of teaching junior high through university levels, as well as writing 13 books, she shares her love of stories and belief in their power to enrich lives through writing, sharing and preserving life stories and experiences.

She is the mom of four, grandma of three, and great grandma of six, on last count. 

She retired from the Humanities Division of Fullerton College as Professor Emeritus.

Need some peace of mind?
If for whatever reason you are unsatisfied with the course or feel it is not suitable for your needs after the first week we will return your money, no questions asked! Just email Dr. Brown at [email protected] before 11:55 p.m. of July 5th at the start of the second week of the workshop with Refund Request in the subject line.  Then please allow 7 to 10 days for the refund to be processed. Thank you.