The Spark Your Story Program

Registration opens December 20!

I’m Nicole Breit, creator of Spark Your Storya unique program for new, emerging, and experienced life writers who want to tell their stories with greater ease and confidence.

Transformative life writing is the heart centre of Spark Your Story, an approach that invites writers to pinpoint life-changing moments and explore the impact of their experiences.

Writer, if you’re here, you’re ready. Let’s spark your story!

What is Spark Your Story?

Spark Your Story is an online learning experience designed and facilitated by award-winning writer, Nicole Breit.

Think of it as a creative accelerator for life writers that offers inspiration, actionable tasks, and a warm, encouraging online writer’s hub — the motivation, accountability, guidance and support you need to generate potent new stories.

Spark Your Story incorporates everything Nicole learned from mentoring hundreds of writers and guiding their works-in-progress toward publication, shortlists, and awards.

Structured as a series of six 4-week courses, each session presents writers with a new, open-ended theme for exploring personal material:

How does the program work?

You can sign up for one monthly session — or a bundle of three if a longer commitment suits your needs.

You’ll be invited to complete weekly activities and draft two new projects sparked by a series of prompts linked to the session theme.

You’ll be guided through Nicole’s process for helping writers produce their best work.

If you complete the session challenge you’ll qualify for a one-on-one “hot seat” review of your final project and an end-of-session giveaway — a fun added incentive to complete each task!  

We’ll have fun igniting your creative spark.

Inspiration explored within a set time frame will energize your writing.

Committing to your work will inspire a feeling of possibility, productivity, and purpose.

Who Is It For?

Spark your Story can help beginning and experienced life writers who want to:

  • generate new stories (+ a ton of new ideas!)
  • learn essential skills to quickly improve first drafts
  • explore exciting new approaches to storytelling
  • understand the power of story at a deeper level
  • nurture a healthier relationship with their writing
  • discover a powerful process for drafting their best work
  • know how to develop an emerging work-in-progress
  • develop a productive long-term writing practice

Approach + Process

On the first of the month writers gain access to the course platform and our online writer’s hub.

From the very first lesson you’ll discover a wealth of new ideas, approaches, and tools that you can immediately implement in your writing life.

The Foundations of Story course – pre-requisite material for the program – explains the rationale for the steps we’ll take to produce stronger work.

We’ll assess the potential of each story idea, searching for a turning point, learning point, transformation – a moment of change – that you still have some questions about.

In other words, some room for exploration and discovery as you write.

We’ll practice writing small and focused, developing skills in compression to find the essence of our story (and start and finish new work quickly!)

We’ll try our hand at micro-essays for our first project, then a longer piece for our final project, selecting a story structure from a list of ten forms.

We’ll learn to nurture our emerging works-in-progress in a writing partner exchange, following guidelines for providing insightful, helpful feedback.

How Does It Work?

You can sign up for one monthly session — or a bundle of three if a longer commitment suits your needs.

You’ll be invited to complete weekly activities and draft two new projects sparked by a series of prompts linked to the session theme.

You’ll be guided through Nicole’s process for helping writers produce their best work.

If you complete the session challenge you’ll qualify for a one-on-one “hot seat” review of your final project and an end-of-session giveaway — a fun added incentive to complete each task!  

We’ll have fun igniting your creative spark.

Inspiration explored within a set time frame will energize your writing.

Committing to your work will inspire a feeling of possibility, productivity, and purpose.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the life writing process as a truth-seeking quest with archetypal challenges to overcome.
  • Learn strategies and tools to move past common blocks like fear, doubt, and resistance.
  • Discover ten powerful story structures including the list essay, collage essay, photo essay, and more.
  • Reinforce learning in a variety of formats including journalling, pre-writing exercises, and video lessons.
  • Practice key concepts for drafting powerful life stories — identifying key moments of change, working small and focused, and experimenting with form and structure.

What You’ll You Get

  • 7 self-paced learning modules that include lessons, readings, and video tutorials
  • An introduction to the story-making process and weekly open-ended themes to spark new ideas including Origin Stories, The Emergent Self, The Body, Where The Heart Is, The Bigger World, and Nature & Spirit
  • A unique approach to life writing that begins with a deeper understanding of the process, helps writers discover their transformative material, and takes an experimental approach to form and structure
  • A library of supplementary material including a breakdown of the Spark Your Story process, a catalogue of story structures, a selection of brilliant readings, and a guide to our private forum
  • Access to a private online writing community of life writers where we can share story sparks and quests, ask questions, and encourage each other’s progress.

What Writers Are Saying

 

“I feel like Nicole has started a CNF revolution, bringing new forms and new voices together.”

Rowan McCandless

“I’ve had many writing teachers, but Nicole is the only one I consider a mentor.”

Rachel Laverdiere

“I highly recommend exploring these exciting forms with Nicole as your guide.”

Abby Palmer