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Mother of All Memoirs – Writing Workshop

Re-charge your writing skills with empathetic characters & get published!

A new writing method to connect empathy to history and autobiographical writing is being introduced at the Gal’s Guide Library fall of 2021. Born of Many Mothers (B.O.M.M.) writing method incorporates visual exercises, mythology writing styles, and feminine energy. Men and women can learn this method to captivate audiences in fiction or nonfiction. Developed by Dr. Leah Leach, founder of the Gal’s Guide Library.

In this 12 week course, students will learn this new method but also have the opportunity for publication. Gal’s Guide Anthology is seeking submission for publication in March of 2022. Students will be able to start, hone, and submit a completed work to the Gal’s Guide Anthology.

Tuition Rates

  • Students age 11-18 FREE tuition thanks to a grant from the Pacers Foundation
  • Adults 18+ tuition is $125 for non Gal’s Guide Library Card holders (need a library card?)
  • Adults 18+ tuition is $95 for Gal’s Guide Library card holders

Takeaways

  1. Empathy building in your audience & your characters
  2. History research skills
  3. Greater exploration into conflict plot arcs
  4. Peer and instructor feedback
  5. Visual writing exercises
  6. Publication in the Gal’s Guide Anthology

Course Structure

  • In Person Classes at the Gal’s Guide Library 5pm-6pm
  • Zoom Classes 6pm-7pm (Yes, in-person groups can also stay from 6pm-7pm and work on their writing in the library)
  • NEW* Recorded classes will be available only to registered students to watch at a time more fitting for them.
  • 12 class will meet once a week on Wednesdays, October – December

Beginnings

October 6 – Mothers & compassion

October 13 – Women’s history & mythic writing structures

October 20 – Visual exercises, writing exercises, and research tips

October 27 – Loglines, outlines, first pages and personal writing goals

Middles

November 3 – Hero’s Journey structure

November 10 – Heroine’s Journey structure

November 17 – Where conflict grows

November 24 (No class due to Thanksgiving)

December 1 – Writers block exercises & writing time

Ends

December 8 – Peer review time, along with tips on how to be a helpful review partner

December 15 – rewriting

December 22 – Submitting to publishers

December 29 – The life of a published author


Instructor

Dr. Leah Leach is the founder of Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy which is home to the first lending library dedicated to women’s history in the United States. Leah is an award-winning podcaster, filmmaker, and writer with an honorary doctorate in Metaphysics.

Before founding Gal’s Guide in 2016, she ran a successful film company for a decade. Working under the stage name Kate Chaplin, Leah set out to make films that featured complex female characters. Winning 12 cinematic awards, she was asked to give presentations and lead workshops on women in filmmaking. She has studied writing at UCLA and with the Gotham Writers Workshop. She has been published and interviewed in the Polk Street Review, The Indy Star, Pattern Magazine, Nuvo, RTV 6 (ABC) and more.

Leah has adapted her storytelling training into the unique way Gal’s Guide teaches and writes about history.

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