"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
--Maya Angelou

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 How to Write Your Story Day 12--Completes Your 12-Step Program!

Step 12: Get Your Stories Published

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EPISODE: 43: Voices in Your Head?

Writing is a gift of yourself. It should give the reader or listener a glimpse inside. It should be something true and vulnerable. In a story, we reveal ourselves through voice. What we mean by voice in a story is the tone, the mood, and the personality of the narrator. Voice can be created by word choice, sentence structure, and even punctuation. The way someone tells a story out loud plays a big role in how we receive the story, but in today’s episode, we are talking about voice as it appears on the page. We’re also talking about what happens in life when you lose your voice.

You’ll hear stories from Allison Langer, Lia Seirotti and Missy Hernandez. Their word choices, and their familiar tones reveal so much about each narrator. 


EPISODE 42: Secret Pleasure, Who Are We to Judge?

On this episode, we’re talking about secret pleasures, with a twist. We’re bringing you the winner of our Fall contest: Secret Pleasure. Erika Flynn, from New York City is a professional mistress. She tells us how she is the secret pleasure. Lia Seirotti, a student in our class, tells a story called Ball and Chain, about her own secret pleasure.

Both stories bring up the issue of fidelity. In writing class, we do our best to talk about the strength of the writing and leave the moralizing to our religious brethren. But in the case of these two stories, we think everyone’s going to have an opinion, so we give ours. This is the price of storytelling. We think it’s worth the price.


Episode 41: The Moment I Knew Everything Was About to Change.

On this episode, we’re talking about moments. Going to a moment is a storytelling technique that requires the narrator to first remember something dramatic or important and then paint a scene. If you remember a moment from childhood or last week, or whenever, there’s probably a story there. Our job, as writers, is to discover why these moments have stayed with us.

You'll hear stories from Student Karen Collazo who goes to a moment that takes her back to another moment that she fleshes out in scenes.  DCI inmate, Luis Aracena, will read his story, American Hero. Luis is one of Allison’s students at the Dade Correctional Institution where she’s a facilitator for Exchange for Change


Photo by Rowan Moore Gerety

Luis Aracena is an inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution serving a 45 year sentence. Allison met Luis when she started teaching memoir writing this past summer as a facilitator for Exchange for Change.  To learn more about Exchange for Change and to get involved visit their website. See more of Gerety's pictures and read his feature on the DCI graduation showcase, 'The Crying, The Laughing, The Hurt,' A Talent Showcase Inside Prison Walls.