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Writing Your Life Story


This course is designed to help the beginning writer to combine facts, any records (pertinent for sharing, and recording) and memories together in a fashion that is both enjoyable and easy to read.



  • Students demonstrate their knowledge of course work by providing an outline (that sets the tone and type of format to be used) for their story.
  • Students display their editing skills through periodic exercises and a sample chapter.
  • As a result of exercises and course assistance, students learn how to write their life story and provide at least one sample chapter to be evaluated by completion of the course.



  • Be able to assess significant facts to record in their life story.
  • Create an outline specific to the format of writing their life story, such as: chronological or significant events.
  • Learn how to use adverbs, verbs, adjectives and other forms of English idiom to best describe the events, places and persons in their life.
  • Learn how to use an effective style for their story, such as the narration.
  • Recognize the importance and value of reviewing their stories and having their work critiqued. Be able to edit their work and present materials in a succinct manner.
  • By the end of the course students should have one or more sample chapters of their book for grading and critiquing that will demonstrate what they have learned.
course quick facts
course code DED211
cost $145.00
estimated time to
complete course
32 Hours
course materials
5 Weeks

Alison (Katherine) Dubois has earned a number of degrees, including: an M.A in creative writing, a B.A. in Literature, and an A.A. in Journalism. She also holds a certificate in desktop publishing, and is the recipient of four national poetry awards. Dubois has also worked as a reporter for nearly a dozen newspapers and been a freelance writer for over two decades, and teaches a number of online courses, including topic such as: Freelance, Creative, and Non-Fictional writing.