SPARK YOUR STORY
ENROLLMENT IS OPEN!

If you’re ready to FINALLY write the stories you were born to tell, Spark Your Story will show you
STEP BY STEP the EXACT PROCESS I use to help life writers move past common blocks
and learn to write powerful, innovative + compelling stories!

I’ve included EVERYTHING you need in this program to reach your goals
— in-depth training, a 40-page workbook, + more! —
so you can FINALLY stop putting off your dreams of writing + get your stories out into the world!

If this sounds familiar…

You have hundreds of story ideas spinning in your head but don’t know where to start.

You feel overwhelmed by your material – or lost in each messy first draft – so you close your laptop and “forget” to come back.

You’ve lived through some difficult experiences and you’d like to write about them, but you’re afraid to trigger old grief.

You feel called to write but it’s hard to feel like a *real* writer when your productivity is at a standstill.

You wonder if you’ll ever realize your dreams – if you’ll finish one story you feel proud of or finally get published. 

You wish you had a clear path a process — for writing about your life with more courage, creativity and confidence.

Writer, you’re in the right place.

It’s time to stop throwing away

drafts

Imagine how much you’ll LOVE
writing your life stories
once you learn:

* how to work with your creative process rather than against it.

* how to shape your personal experiences into powerful narratives.

* how freeing it feels to get the stories you’ve been carrying onto the page.

Picture feeling confident enough in your work to submit your stories to editors — and how it will feel to FINALLY share your work with the world.

Imagine the moment you sit down with your morning coffee and open an email from a stranger THANKING YOU for your story.

FOR YEARS I DREAMED OF WRITING

brave + beautiful stories

ABOUT MY LIFE —

BUT I STRUGGLED.

I generated pages and pages of material but couldn’t tell if any of it was worth keeping.

I didn’t know how to turn my messy first drafts into the works of art I knew they could be.

I wrote guardedly about the experiences I most hoped would resonate with readers —
and totally missed the emotional mark.

I often felt lost in my own story as I wrote and wanted to give up when I wasn’t sure where it was going.

and then I made a discovery

that changed everything…

I took a course on the lyric essay.

What I learned made my work more creative and compelling
and the writing process a lot more fun!

I started submitting my life stories to creative nonfiction journals.

And guess what?

They were my first stories accepted for publication in magazines.

 Then two of my stories were nominated for awards . . .

AND THEY WON!

I STARTED TEACHING WHAT I’D LEARNED

… and knew I was onto something

WHEN THE WRITERS WHO FOLLOWED MY LEAD

GOT THE SAME RESULTS!

You won’t find my unique approach to life writing in any one book, workshop or MFA program.

But integrate the 3 core elements
I base my teaching on . . .

 . . . and you’ll experience a transformation in

the way you write and the stories you tell.

HI, I’M NICOLE!

… and I love helping writers tell their life stories.

I’m an award-winning writer who began teaching life writing in 2017.

From my very first session, writers were having amazing breakthroughs as they learned about form and craft.

Over the years I learned a lot about the importance of process.

About how doubt, fear and resistance lead us to the places our writing wants to take us … often to new insights about our life experiences.

I’ve helped hundreds of writers tell their stories. Every week I hear from former students sharing their latest news about a breakthrough, publication acceptance, or award nomination!

I knew I could help so many more writers if I brought together everything I’ve learned about life writing in one self-study program — and here I am, excited to share Spark Your Story with you.

I can’t wait to read the stories you’re ready to finally tell!

XO

A 7 module self-study program that shows you how
to write your life stories with
creativity, ease + confidence.

“I can’t emphasize enough what a turning point your workshops have been for me in so many ways. I was finally able to write deeply about the difficult parts of my life. Finally I could give them the kind respect and attention they deserve, and so they have ceased to be toxic shadows in my head. The wealth of tools, possibilities, and examples offered in Spark Your Story are priceless.”

~ Susan Fisher

the Spark Your Story program includes
12 months’ access to

7 learning modules

Learn how to write past blocks like fear, self-doubt and resistance in:

Module 1: The Foundations of Story Mini-Course

Tap your memories, generate new story ideas, experiment with form, and practice essential craft skills in:

Modules 2 – 7: Life Writing Workshops

with lessons, readings, pre-writing exercises, journalling activities + story projects.

The Spark Your Story life writing program also includes access to:

a 40-page workbook with printable worksheets +
a resource library +
3 bonus resources!

*This self-study program was designed for writers who want to learn on their own at their own pace.*

One-on-one/group mentoring, live calls, and/or a Facebook group are NOT included in this program.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The Foundations of Story Mini-Course
with journal prompts + pre-writing exercises

6 Life Writing Workshops
with activities, author Q & As + projects

40-page Workbook
includes printable worksheets

Resource Library
of sample readings + more

3 Bonus Resources
to support your long-term writing goals!

Who is spark your story for?

NEW LIFE WRITERS

Even if you’ve never started or finished a draft, you aren’t sure where to begin, and you’re afraid you’ll never figure out how to write even one story you feel proud of — this is for you!

EXPERIENCED LIFE WRITERS

If you know what you want to write about but could use some ideas, inspiration, and techniques to support a more creative and productive long-term writing practice — this is for you!

THE FOUNDATIONS OF STORY MINI-COURSE

Learn the Spark Your Story process for transformative life writing – an approach that invites writers to pinpoint life-changing moments and explore the impact of their experiences.

In this core module you’ll learn techniques for discovering your most potent material, moving past blocks like fear and resistance, and the secret to crafting stronger, more compelling and innovative first drafts.

Once you’ve completed this foundational module, you’ll know the key principles, strategies, and tools you’ll be using in each writing module that follows to craft more innovative and compelling life stories.

SIX LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS

In our writing modules you’ll have full access to six life writing workshops, each centered on a unique open-ended theme to inspire transformative personal storytelling.

Each workshop was designed with the Foundations of Story principles in mind. Each follows the same structure and format, to reinforce new ways of writing creatively about your life and to master core skills for a more productive and fulfilling long-term writing practice.

You’ll take in key readings each workshop that highlight a new story structure. You’ll reflect on your creative process with journal prompts, tap potent memories via freewriting exercises, use the Spark Your Story process to select and draft new story projects, and develop your works in progress following guidelines for attentive noticing and re-vision.

Your 6 life writing workshop themes include:

WORKSHOP #1

ORIGIN STORIES

Where do your stories begin?

Origin stories are the narratives we construct to explain how we landed where we are in our lives. As we reflect on our origins, beginnings and firsts, let’s also consider new questions: Where do I go now? How can I reconcile the past? How will I set myself free? In this workshop we’ll read Deborah Elderhorst’s diptych essay, “Origins/Neurodivergence”.

WORKSHOP #2

THE EMERGENT SELF

How do you become who you are?

Let’s explore identity + the process of individuation (perhaps as it is expressed in your creativity, sexuality or spirituality). Let’s consider what is innate, what draws you near – your true calling – as you write about your dreams and all you hope to achieve. In this workshop we’ll read a hermit crab essay called “Individual Education Plan” written by Karen Zey.

WORKSHOP #3

the body

What does the body remember?

Let’s write about physicality – your body’s abilities, limitations, and achievements, stories about healing and wellness, carnal pleasures and sensory delights. As you explore memories around birth, aging, and death you’ll practice embodied writing – including the body’s point of view in your stories, as Lyndsay Knowles does in her photo essay, “Scars”.

WORKSHOP #4

WHERE THE HEART IS

What do you most desire?

So many stories find inspiration in the stirrings of the heart – tales of friendship, romance, familiar love, self-love, universal love. Let’s explore the objects of our affection, desire or passion, or the cause of our heartbreak as we ask If the heart had its wish, what would be fulfilled? In this workshop you’ll read a triptych essay about first love and loss called “Shame Shame” by Nicole Breit.

WORKSHOP #5

tHE BIGGER WORLD

Where do you truly belong?

Let’s examine the self in relation to the world we live in. These stories explore your relationship to community and/or place (geographical regions, places you’ve lived or travelled to, the planet). In this workshop you’ll read a collage essay about family and belonging by Deanna Partridge-David called “Lost and Found”.

WORKSHOP #6

NATURE + tHE SPIRIT

How do you connect with wonder?

What is your relationship to awe? Let’s investigate our amazing universe, exploring religion and ritual; your beliefs (or those you doubt, reject, dismiss); moments when you felt a sense of wonder or oneness. How do you get closer to the wisdom you seek? In this workshop you’ll read Heather Diamond’s lyric essay, “Waterbabies”.

YOU ALSO GET BONUSES!

List of 40+ resources

Discover books, articles + journals
for life writers.

Write with community

A 10-page guide for sharing your work
with a partner or group.

10 step process checklist

Refer to this printable one-pager
when drafting your life stories.

YOUR TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY
BEGINS NOW

BUY NOW

GET INSTANT ACCESS TO:

  • Foundations of Story Mini-Course
  • 6 Life Writing Workshops
  • 40-page Program Workbook
  • Resource Library

+ 3 BONUSES!

  • List of 40+ Life Writing Resources
  • 10-page Writing with Community Guide
  • 10 Step Life Writing Process Checklist

Enroll now for 1 payment of

$497

“Spark Your Story has helped me be a braver writer, both on the page and out in the world. The program has everything I was looking for in an online course: material and exercises that stimulate new writing/ideas; readings that are fresh and powerful; and assignments that encourage my growth and development.”

~ Brigitte Watson

MAYBE YOU’RE THINKING . . .

“Isn’t writing a gift/talent/genius very few of us are born with – and therefore can’t be taught?”

“I want to write but worry: Will my stories be any good? Will anyone else want to read them?

“When I start a story, I’m excited until I get stuck! Can a course help me push past blocks?”

Writer, I get it.

I used to have

the same questions.

“Just opened my email to see MY VERY FIRST ACCEPTANCE for Hands on the Piano written in the Spark Your Story course. So thrilled! Can’t wait to post it to FB and FINALLY be a published writer!” 

~ Kae Solomon

After helping countless writers
just like you

I know you can do this.
You just need to know the steps.

STUDY AT HOME, OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,
WHEN IT WORKS FOR YOU!

You can work through the lessons, readings and exercises from anywhere you have Internet access!

Designed for your convenience, this program is completely digital, so you can learn from your couch (or your favourite café!) via our private course portal.

Your 12-months of access offers flexibility while providing accountability, allowing you to work on your own schedule.

Most writers find a commitment to completing all 7 learning modules within a year provides incentive + a reasonable time frame to work through the materials at their own pace.

“Nicole’s passion for writing is palpable, and her courses have challenged me to be brave, to experiment with storytelling and structure, and to allow myself to get my most honest words on the page. Thank you, Nicole, for lending me support, courage, and inspiration.”

~ Emily Kellogg

LIFE BEFORE SPARK YOUR STORY

* You feel depressed because you don’t know how you’ll ever realize your dreams of being a successful life writer.

* You buy yet another book or sign up for another workshop, but soon lose momentum … it seems you always need another fix to keep writing.

* You avoid working on the stories you most want to tell because you fear the emotional fall out.

* You feel frustrated, unable to shape or refine your drafts, because you can’t identify what’s working — and what you can cut.

* You don’t feel confident in your work, so you don’t share your stories and put off your dreams of publication.

LIFE AFTER SPARK YOUR STORY

* You feel excited, with a long list of story ideas, a file of drafts and works in progress you can’t wait to revise and share.

* You have a framework that supports the life writing process — the knowledge, tools and strategies to write more creatively and productively than ever before.

* You’re exploring your difficult material with compassion and self-care, using story form as a less-triggering “side door” into story.

* You feel like the writer you were always meant to be, with clear criteria, direction, and skills to shape your stories into art.

* You’re proud of the work you’re producing… you’re even starting to share your work with the world!

Writer, it’s never too late to get started!

Why wait another day, week, month, or year to commit to your life writing?

Starting now will help you:

* Learn the knowledge and skills to quickly improve your life writing – whether you’re working on short or long-form memoir, narrative poetry or autobiographical fiction.

* Find a doorway into your difficult – and most rewarding material – by tapping into the power of experimental story forms and structures.

* Discover tools to work through blocks like fear and resistance with an in-depth understanding of the natural ebbs and flows of the creative writing process.

* Save hours of time cobbling this valuable foundational info together from various sources – writing instructors, books and courses – with all the essential info you need to make steady, continuous progress on your life writing in one place.

CONSIDER THE TIME & MONEY YOU’LL SAVE!

By learning through this online program you get amazing value for your investment.

You get guidance from an award-winning writer and writing instructor with experience helping hundreds of life writers develop stories that resonate with readers, get published, and win awards.

Each writing module in this program has been offered as an individual workshop priced at $200 USD. If you signed up for all six writing modules individually you’d pay $1200 USD for the very same learning materials.

You can get the whole package — including the Foundations of Story mini-course AND bonuses — if you buy today for just $497 USD.

Completing this self-study program will help you learn the fundamental skills you need to write and revise your life stories like a professional writer.

To hire me privately for one-on-one mentoring would cost you $100/hour … and when I work with a client individually, I don’t teach them the exact process I use in my own writing practice for drafting and revising life stories.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BUY?

ENROLL IN SPARK YOUR STORY

Purchase with the PAY IN FULL option or 3 PAYMENT PLAN.

OPEN YOUR WELCOME EMAIL

You’ll receive log in info and the answers to some common questions.

GET IMMEDIATE ACCESS

Log in, begin the Foundations of Story course… and start writing!

If you’re ready to take the next step, Spark Your Story will

transform your writing.

“I came to Nicole’s writing program with specific goals in mind; instead, I learned to explore and trust my intuition. Her appreciation of experimentation enabled me to approach topics I had avoided or ignored, value my unique perceptions, build confidence as a writer, and to craft the first essays I have published.”

~ Heather Diamond

START WRITING NOW

BUY NOW

GET INSTANT ACCESS TO:

  • Foundations of Story Mini-Course
  • 6 Life Writing Workshops
  • 40-page Program Workbook
  • Resource Library

+3 BONUSES!

  • List of 40+ Life Writing Resources
  • 10-page Writing with Community Guide
  • 10 Step Life Writing Process Checklist

Enroll now for 1 payment of

$497

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN DOES THE COURSE BEGIN?

When you pay in full NOW, you get instant access to all the course materials including bonuses.

Access to the course materials is for a 12-month period starting on your enrollment date.

TIME COMMITMENT?

Your program fee includes 12-months of access to the Spark Your Story program. 

Most writers find one full year to complete the program provides both incentive + a reasonable time frame to work through the materials, absorb the lessons, and complete their projects.

How much time you spend on the program each week is up to you, but as a guideline you may want to spend 2-3 hours a week reading the materials, working on exercises and crafting your writing projects.

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

Spark Your Story is for:

  • NEW LIFE WRITERS: Even if you’ve never started or finished a draft, you’re not sure where to begin, and you’re afraid you’ll never figure out how to write even one story, this is for you!
  • EXPERIENCED LIFE WRITERS – If you know what you want to write about but could use some ideas, inspiration, and techniques to support a more creative and productive long-term writing practice, this is for you!
REFUND POLICY?

Enrolling in the Spark Your Story program is a non-refundable investment in your writing.

Please make sure you are ready, and fully committed to the experience, before you sign up.

By purchasing, you understand there are absolutely no refunds.

If you have any questions about the program before purchasing, please get in touch at [email protected]

OTHER WRITING PROGRAMS?

I offer two 6-week online courses for life writers, which include one-on-one instructor feedback and access to an online community.

You can learn about my other courses here

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT
SPARK YOUR STORY?

Drop us a line at info[at]sparkyourstory.com.

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