The key question for this session is: Am I telling my deepest story? We’ll discuss how to tell whether the answer is yes or no. If your answer is “yes," we’ll discuss how to begin bringing your story to life with vivid details. If “no,” we’ll discuss when (and how) to cut losses and begin again.
0:10 - Intro
2:45 - Example essay: "I Shot My Brother"
11:28 - Example essay: "Dead Bird"
16:23 - Four Qualities of an Amazing Essay
23:05 - Five Ways to Bring Your Essay to Life
23:58 - 1. Begin with a Problem that Must Be Solved
26:25 - 2. Show, Then Tell
33:42 - 3. Use Geeky Language
37:33 - 4. Use the Right Details
44:25 - 5. Aim for an Ending That's Surprising, but Inevitable
45:34 - When to Scrap What You Have and Start Over
48:27 - Got Your Topic but Unsure of the Structure?
52:45 - Homework
RESOURCES REFERENCED IN THIS SESSION