Key areas of life

The themes in this class are at the same time specific and global. They are subjects that resonate somehow with everyone. Some examples that often bring surprises are:

  • FAMILY: We might love them, but our relationships are never simple nor conflict-free. Following the presentation, students seldom say, "What should I write about?"; they usually say, "Which story should I write first?"

  • MONEY: The usual reaction is a groan and a "I don't want to write on this subject!" It often ends up being one of the more interesting themes. How has money (or lack of money) helped to mold your life? Money determines where we grew up, how we dress, what activities we participate in. The list is long.

  • GENDER IDENTITY: This theme can be interpreted in many ways. Maybe you were the only boy among many sisters? We used to call rough and tumble (masculine) girls "Tomboys". Was how you identified internally and how you expressed it externally "acceptable" growing up? How did your "assigned" gender impact your life and who you are today?


This self-study course can be accessed in two different ways.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • A message from Corinne

    • Download the workbook

  • 2

    Module 1: Family

    • Lesson

    • Exercise

    • Life Writing Challenge: Truth

  • 3

    Module 2: Money

    • Lesson

    • Exercise

    • Stylistic Challenge: Composite Memories

  • 4

    Module 3: Major Life Work

    • Lesson

    • Exercise

  • 5

    Module 4: Gender Identity

    • Lesson

    • Exercise

    • Stylistic Challenge: Dialogue

  • 6

    Module 5: Spirituality

    • Lesson

    • Exercise

    • Stylistic Challenge: Humor

  • 7

    Module 6: Health (Body & Mind)

    • Lesson