How Life Writers Works
Life Writers is a structured writing program designed to provide regular content and engagement opportunities for its members.
Our mission is to equip and support the aspirations of writers at every stage through instruction, resources, and a thriving community. Life Writers uses a variety of methods to grow your writing skills, including live and on-demand instruction, writing assignments, interactive group feedback sessions, and accountability partners.
We offer two membership levels of Life Writers to ensure you get what you need: Standard and VIP. You can subscribe monthly, a four-month session at a time, or annually, which includes three sessions and a sweet discount. Each level conveniently auto-renews at the end of each term so you don’t miss a thing. We have a membership level that’s right for you!
Here’s the scoop!
Life Writers is organized into four-month sessions, three times per year:
- February, March, April, May
- June, July, August, September
- October, November, December, January
Each session is guided by an overarching theme or topic, around which the lessons, assignments, and readings are focused. Writers have the opportunity to cultivate stronger writing techniques in this particular area during each four-month session. For example, one session might focus on setting, and in another session, we zero in on characterization.
Life Writers members read a memoir that complements the session’s theme or topic. Through teachings, writing exercises, and group discussions, members learn how to read like a writer by identifying and employing techniques popular memoirists use.
Members are placed into buddy groups of three or four members for the duration of the four-month session. This group functions as an important source of support, encouragement, and direct feedback on shared writings. Buddy groups are a core part of Life Writers’ mission to cultivate a thriving writing community.
Life Writers members gather at the end of each month for live feedback sessions. In a private breakout room, Life Writers join their buddies to give and receive feedback on text prepared in prior weeks.
Months one, two, and three of the session follow this format:
- Week one: an instructional video is released with a note-taking outline, handout (as needed), and writing assignment.
- Week two: drop in for open office hours with Patricia, followed by a live lesson drawn from the selected memoir.
- Week three: an instructional video is released with a note-taking outline, handout (as needed), and writing assignment.
- Week four: drop in for open office hours with Patricia, followed by a live feedback session via Zoom.
Month four is designed to be a lighter month so members can catch up on missed assignments and have additional time to write. But week two of this month will feature a live discussion of the selected memoir via Zoom.
Month four may also feature other events such as live interviews with Writing Your Life authors, open mic nights where you can read a story excerpt, and such.
All live events, with the exception of the feedback sessions, will be recorded and can be viewed at any time.