Welcome to From Personal to Published! I’m so glad you’re here.
This page has a LOT of information on it: bookmark it now so you can refer back to it.
The weekly structure:
Each Monday, once the course begins, the main lesson will be delivered to your email. Within a day or two, you’ll see questions and other prompts to help spur conversation among the whole group about that week’s theme. I’ll check in to the group page mid-week to see how those conversations are going, and to add my two cents (or more, depending on how wordy I am given how much tea I’ve consumed).
You’ll have a chance to submit your questions on the week’s topic before the end-of-the-week live call in Q&A session. That live Q&A session will happen on Thursday or Friday, and it will be recorded in case you can’t attend. You’ll get your homework assignments at the end of the week, which will help prepare you for the following week’s lesson. Which comes out on Monday, starting the whole process over again.
We’ll all officially start together on XXX, when the first lesson is delivered to your email.
Accessing the group page and Q&A
You’ll see your invitation to the private facebook page a few days before the course officially beings. As always, be sure to let us know if the email you use for paypal is different from the one you use for facebook – when invitations get lost or don’t work, that’s usually the reason. Remember that email often gets stuck in gmail’s promotion folder, so if you can’t find it, look there first.
Within the first couple of days of the course, you’ll get instructions for how to join the weekly live Q&A sessions on facebook. You’ll also receive instructions for how to submit your questions before the live Q&A.
While you’re waiting for the course to begin…
Start sifting through your collected works. Choose up to 3 pieces you’ll work on during our 7 weeks together. I know this can be tough. Choosing three means not choosing a bunch of others. The skills and tools you’ll learn in the course can be used to revise, polish, and publish other works though, so consider this just the beginning.
You probably have loads of writing to consider, so how do you sort? These essays or chunks-of-writing don’t have to be your all-time-favorite-forever pieces. Just pieces with good potential – whether it’s a good story, a powerful memory, or it just moves you in a way that others don’t. Which ones feel the most powerful, even if they aren’t “finished”? Consider this your training wheel essay: you get to practice on one so you can learn how to do the process on any other work you’d like.
Another trick that sometimes works is to let the stories choose you.
The what now? I know. Could be a little woo-woo. Give it a go anyway, though.
If you think about what you want for yourself out of this course, how you want to grow and stretch as a writer, then hold that feeling as you flip through your archives, I bet certain pieces jump out at you. Sometimes, words know.
However you get there, I hope you have an… interesting time finding your three pieces.
Getting help from the group:
If you need an extra set of eyes to help you decide, you’ll have opportunities to share your initial choices with other writers in the course. The private FB group will be set up a few days before the course starts so you can get in there and make yourself comfy. You can use that time to start asking each other, “but what about this one?” (though I recommend you have your list pretty short by then).
If you’re stuck, or you have other questions before we get started, send me an email (support at refugeingrief dot com). And remember to bookmark this page so you can find it again later.
I’ll see you all – with the first lesson – on xxx!