Reviews of Ina's memoir and writing classes from participants
"I thank you, Ina, for helping me see that I really can write!"
"Ina, your class makes my week!"
"This is a fan letter from that old man with the guitar. I want you to know how much I admire not only what you’re doing with Pawprints (Footprints) but your enthusiasm (and patience) with the participants. You obviously stimulate them to write things they’d never have gotten around to. Your 'Weird Prompts'(TM) are a clever idea—and they do stimulate. (Matter of fact, I was so intrigued I wrote a story on the black-cat prompt when I got home, just for fun.) Thanks for the book; I’m enjoying it. And I was delighted to have a small part in your presentation Wednesday. Congratulations on helping a lot of people have a great deal more fun than they otherwise would. Cheers, Harrison" Harrison Stephens, guitarist and writer
Creative Memoir and Fiction Writing Classes
Ina's writing programs and books.
creative writing: Get yourself and each member (or have the
friends get their own) copies of the
© Ina Hillebrandt,
the offbeat, upbeat Amazon.com best seller that's a proven tool
to uncork the muse in us all.
NEW!!! Try Stories From The Heart, Vol. 3, just published! This book has more imagination tools as well as samples of memoir styles. Plus, you'll find our proven fiction writing tales and story prompts expanded in this volume, to provide you with even more food for thought!
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Step 3. Consider joining our InasPawprints.com Virtual Writing Clubs! You'll receive special members-only prompts by e-mail, plus you can send Ina up to 3 questions per month on how to coax creative ideas out of each other, how to motivate yourself and others in your group to stay with it, and other valuable tips. You'll also be eligible to have your stories reviewed for posting, and inclusion in a Pawpress book. Wow your friends!Three month trial period just $10 per person! Use this button to sign on with a secure payment by check or credit card:
Special for Pawprints Creative/fiction and memoir Writing Club founders: Just send us confirmation that your group has bought at least 6 copies of Pawprints or How to Write Your Memoirs, and you'll receive a free copy of Diving Boards, the really fun-to-use book of titles and first lines for stories! Scroll down to see how.*
Step 4. Your first Creative Writing meeting: Go through the Pawprints Table of Contents, and read a few of the stories that appeal to the majority aloud. Have everyone close their eyes, and take a moment to picture what the stories bring up from personal experiences. Then jump into talking about what you just visualized. Get as vivid as possible. Use these discussions as prompts to begin writing your own recollections of real-life events.
Step 4 alternative - fiction/FAntasy writing. Get crazy and invent adventures! No holds barred -- this is your opportunity to create and start a whole new adventure! And by the way, the stories don't have to be limited to being funny -- sometimes poignant or sad moments will also come up, begging you to record them on paper (or computer). Allow 15-20 minutes to write your tale in the meeting.
STEP 5. Share stories aloud, as many as you have time for during the rest of the meeting. Allow each reader to read through the entire piece. Then, offer questions and suggestions, rather than criticisms, if something doesn't seem to work when you're listening. Sometimes you will want to work as a group to figure out how to make a sentence or phrase clearer or more compelling. If you do not have time to finish all stories, continue with the unread pieces the following week.
Step 6, and on
A continuing basis:
If you're a member of our Pawprints Writing Club
group, you'll get further tips on
next steps for your group or individual writing project, plus
ideas for insuring the groups' continuing involvement and creativity.
FREE STUFF: We have other special creativity enhancers you or your group may also want to use to jump start stories. Try our free weird prompts on for size, picking one per meeting and seeing where they lead the group. Get more on a regular basis as a Pawprints Writing Club Member.
*ATTN: PAWPRINTS WRITING CLUB AND MEMOIR WRITING CLUB FOUNDERS:To get your free book, send us a copy of your groups' book receipts by fax, or scan and paste into an email. Our email address is annap@InasPawprints.com. Our fax number is 310-471-5048. Add country code 001 prefix if you are outside the U.S.A. If you don't mind a wait, use snail mail. Our address is InasPawprints.com, Brentwood Village, PO Box 492213, Los Angeles, CA 90049.
If you live in Los Angeles, come to our free class Monday mornings. Click for de-tails.
New! We offer Fiction/Non-Fiction Writing Classes, Training for Groups!
FOR SENIOR CENTERS/ COMMUNITY GROUPS/ CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS:
Classes also available for your members, residents.
submit your own short storiesfor consideration.
Corporate training for creative writing/team building also available from Ina, a Fortune 500 Consultant for 20+ years for clients such as SEARS, VISA, IBM, etc.
For more information on Senior or corporate classes or training, contact us at 310-471-5048, or via e-mail: annap@InasPawprints.com
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More reviews by people who have attended Ina's Creative Memoir and Writing Classes
"Thank you Ina. Your work is valuable and has really helped me to write."
"This is a really great class!" Ed Rosenthal, while working on his memoir of being lost in the wilderness without food or water for seven days. He has appeared, telling this story, on the Discovery Channel's Ultimate Survivor, and more national stories are planned on other networks.
"This class has been a kick in the butt to my writing. Tremendous! It's so motivating because of the process we do here. I can just be freed up to let the words flow. My critic is gone. He's somewhere in the Bahamas. I realize OMG, I've got so many stories to write, and it's not traumatic, the way it used to be. And listening to others telling stories, reminds me of others of my own." Michael McCarty, Internationally Renowned Storyteller, Recent attendee
Attendees, IWOSC Memoir Writing Workshop led by Ina
"After seeing you do this workshop, I feel I can trust you, Ina. I look forward to working with you."
"I really got my money's worth!"