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Writing your life story
or family history
isn’t just a dream
anymore…

Writers block

But first, does any of this sound familiar?

  • I don’t know where to start writing my story. I have so much to tell.
  • I’ve started writing my story a hundred times, but I always end up quitting.
  • I’m not a writer. I write emails and letters, but I don’t know how to write an interesting story, one people would want to read.
  • I write when I’m in a class and have deadlines, but I can’t stay motivated otherwise.

You aren’t alone.

 

Most of us struggle with writing. We think we should have every aspect of our story figured out before we write the first word. We worry about what other people will think. We begin with lots of energy and enthusiasm until…life happens, and we give up our dream. We become discouraged and think why bother.

 

We get it, and we’re here to help.

community holding hands
mother and daughter reading her book

Stay with me for a minute and picture this:

  • holding your finished book, your story, in your hands
  • flipping through the pages of your book, reading your words, seeing the photos that help tell your story
  • handing a copy of your book to each of your children and grandchildren and seeing their smiles
  • hearing a son or daughter say, “I never knew that about you, Mom.”
  • seeing your book on the shelf of your local bookstore or for sale on Amazon
  • standing up before your church, club, or organization, telling them about your story and your book

It’s possible. I know.

In the last twenty years, I’ve helped hundreds of
clients and class members start and finish writing their life stories. I’ve seen the impact that doing so had on them and those they love.

This will work for you too. Here’s how.

 

I’ve been promising myself I would write my book for probably ten years or more, but it took enrolling in Patricia Charpentier’s Life Writers to jumpstart that process.

– Terry Deer

Patricia Charpentier

Award-Winning Author,
Patricia Charpentier

Welcome to Life Writers!

Life Writers is a subscription-based membership program that equips and supports the aspirations of writers through instruction, coaching, accountability, and a thriving community.

The Life Writers membership further develops your writing skills with:

      • live and on-demand instruction, including note-taking outlines, handouts, and worksheets
      • writing assignments to practice what you learn
      • interactive group feedback sessions
      • accountability partners
      • study of published memoirs
      • answers to your specific questions
      • and much more

Take your writing to the next level.

Be a part of the vibrant Life Writers community and be amazed by what you can accomplish.

Is it right for me?

VIP Membership is geared toward the writer who desires a higher level of accountability, mentoring, one-on-one coaching, and guidance on his or her writing projects.

This writer focuses on fulfilling his or her writing intentions by dedicating time to writing, utilizing coaching opportunities, and completing related assignments. A VIP writer strives to tell his or her story and wants extra help to do so.

VIP Membership includes opportunities to:

  • participate in monthly, one-on-one feedback sessions with Patricia and obtain expert advice on your stories
  • join monthly, VIP-member-only feedback groups where members review and give useful insight on your story
  • receive personal guidance from Patricia on your writing project
  • participate in VIP-only buddy groups
  • gain complimentary admission to Writing Your Life classes and workshops

as well as…

  • explore one aspect of the writing craft during each four-month session, such as characterization, setting, dialogue, scenes, editing, and more
  • improve your writing skills with ongoing access to exclusive member resources, including instructional videos, handouts, and assignments
  • follow a guided, structured writing program with fresh content distributed weekly
  • receive live instruction by Patricia Charpentier, owner and founder of Writing Your Life
  • view on-demand video instruction whenever and wherever you wish
  • participate in regular live group sessions via simple online conferencing
  • connect with people with similar writing desires
  • find accountability, support, and encouragement as part of a three- to four-person buddy group
  • learn how to give and receive helpful feedback on stories
  • ask Patricia specific questions about your writing during designated office hours
  • develop the ability to read like a writer and write for the reader by reading and discussing a published memoir in each four-month session
  • be a vital member of a thriving, supportive, encouraging community where everyone helps each other
  • learn to identify your writing desires, set intentions, and identify action steps needed to fulfill your dreams
  • engage with fellow members in a secure area open only to Life Writers members
  • receive member-only discounts on Writing Your Life’s services, including editing and publishing
Patricia Charpentier Coaching a Client

Pricing

Subscription fee: $497 per four-month session / $1,247 annually (save $244)

Questions? See frequently asked questions and answers below.

 

Want to know more about Life Writers?

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Enrollment is currently closed.

Registration will re-open in mid-May 2021. Sign up to be notified when enrollment is set to reopen, as well as receive invitations to upcoming open house and behind-the-scenes events to introduce you to Life Writers.

Life Writers Standard Membership

Is it right for me?

The Standard Membership is ideal for new writers, avid journalers, active writers, or those committed to a writing project who desire to stay motivated and focused.

For those looking to learn new writing skills and processes or those seeking to brush up on their techniques, this is the place for you.

If you want guidance, structure, and accountability to start or keep writing, a Standard Membership will set you up to take action on your writing intentions.

Standard Membership features include…

  • explore one aspect of the writing craft during each four-month session, such as characterization, setting, dialogue, scenes, editing, and more
  • improve your writing skills with ongoing access to exclusive member resources, including instructional videos, handouts, and assignments
  • follow a guided, structured writing program with fresh content distributed weekly
  • receive live instruction by Patricia Charpentier, owner and founder of Writing Your Life
  • view on-demand video instruction whenever and wherever you wish
  • participate in regular live group sessions via simple online conferencing
  • connect with people with similar writing desires
  • find accountability, support, and encouragement as part of a three- to four-person buddy group
  • learn how to give and receive helpful feedback on stories
  • ask Patricia specific questions about writing during designated office hours
  • develop the ability to read like a writer and write for the reader by reading and discussing a published memoir in each four-month session
  • be a vital member of a thriving, supportive, encouraging community where everyone helps each other
  • learn to identify your writing desires, set intentions, and identify action steps needed to fulfill your dreams
  • engage with fellow members in a secure area open only to Life Writers members
  • receive member-only discounts on Writing Your Life’s services, including editing and publishing
  • and much more

Pricing

Subscription fee: $127 per four-month session / $297 annually (save $84)

Questions? Please read our frequently asked questions below.

 

Want to know more about Life Writers?

Standard Membership Badge

Enrollment is currently closed.

Registration will re-open in mid-May 2021. Sign up to be notified when enrollment is set to reopen, as well as receive invitations to upcoming open house and behind-the-scenes events to introduce you to Life Writers.

Dream Big written in sandy beach

Through your Life Writers membership, you will…

      • gain more confidence in your writing
      • break the isolation of writing
      • be part of a fun, non-judgmental, encouraging community
      • get your writing questions answered
      • find support to write your story
      • improve your writing skills
      • understand the writing process
      • feel inspired and motivated to keep writing
      • discover solutions to your biggest writing issues
      • learn how to set goals and take steps to accomplish them 
      • cultivate a disciplined writing practice
      • make new friends with like-minded, supportive writers
      • accomplish what you might have not been able to before
      • move from talking about writing to actually writing
      • fulfill your writing dreams

“Before I found Patricia and Life Writers, I had not worked on my memoir for several years. Patricia’s Life Writers program has given me what I’ve needed: connection to other writers, accountability, and writing buddies who provide encouragement and sincere, insightful critiques of my stories. Now I work on stories for my memoir almost daily. Thank you, Patricia!”

– Linda Goddard

“Life Writers teaches writing skills, gives me continuous support. and keeps me motivated to keep writing my stories. Patricia and her staff helped me reach my goal of publishing my first book and are now continuing to support my efforts to complete my second book.”

– Becky McGregor

“Life Writers helps me to become a more confident writer. It also helps me stay motivated and disciplined to meet my writing goals.”

 – Eve Wile

The Life Writers enrollment period is currently closed.

Registration will re-open in mid-May 2021. Sign up to be notified when enrollment is set to reopen, as well as receive invitations to upcoming open house and behind-the-scenes events to introduce you to Life Writers.

Patricia and Bob Alaskan Glacier

Patricia and husband, Bob,
in Alaska

Meet Patricia

Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites, and publishes personal and family history and life-based stories. She is a popular speaker who, since 1999, has helped hundreds of people write and publish the most important stories of their lives. 

Patricia offers live workshops and ongoing courses, including programs that utilize videos, one-on-one coaching, group Q&A calls, and more to help people succeed in writing the story of a lifetime. To date, she has co-authored, edited, and published more than fifty personal and family histories. Her belief about capturing stories is: The only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all. 

Patricia lives in Orlando with her golf-loving husband Bob and enjoys dancing for exercise, although she is grateful for the motto of the studio: There are no mistakes, only solos.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click a question to view the answer.

What can I expect after I sign up?

Once we receive your registration, we will send you an email with details about the start of the session, including the date and time of our launch party and orientation. You will also receive a link to sign in to the Life Writers website, set up your profile, watch the Take-a-Tour videos, introduce yourself to your fellow members, and begin the Get Started Roadmap.

Once I sign up, how long is my membership?

Your membership automatically renews annually or every four months, depending upon the option you select. You are free to cancel your membership at any time. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full details.

However, Life Writers members love the program and continue to find value, month after month. We believe you’ll want to continue your membership when you see how much progress you make with Life Writers.

Can I participate for only a month at a time?

Unfortunately, no. Because of how the Life Writers program is structured, the minimum time commitment is one four-month session.

During what dates do the four-month sessions run?

The Life Writers program is structured in four-month sessions:

February through May

June through September

October through January

Each new session will begin on or about the first Monday of the starting month, with regular weekly meetings being held on Tuesday evenings (EST) thereafter.

How much of a time commitment is Life Writers each week?

The activities within Life Writers vary somewhat week-to-week. In general, you may expect an average of three to four hours per week of live meetings, video lessons, assignments, and connecting with your buddy group (if you chose to participate in all activities), in addition to the time you choose to set aside to write your personal stories.

Is Life Writers a program only for writers of memoir?

Not at all. While life story, memoir, and family history are primarily the focus of Writing Your Life, we also acknowledge that good writing is good writing, no matter the genre. Whether you are crafting poems, fictional stories, or creative nonfiction, the elements of excellent and engaging text are all the same. Life Writers exposes its members to devices that enhances all writing, such as dialogue, crafting scenes, characterization, and more.

What is a buddy group and what is its purpose?

A buddy group is composed of three or four writers specifically selected to support and encourage one another throughout the four-month session. You may share your writing and assignments with your buddies to receive feedback and suggestions, as well as help hold one another accountable to meet your individual writing intentions. Buddy groups are a great way to cultivate friendships with other members and stay connected while writing—an otherwise isolating endeavor.

How will the buddy groups be formed?

Soon after you register, you will answer some questions we use to pair you with other writers with similar writing goals, interests, and skill levels.

What do I need to know how to do to participate?

Members need to be comfortable using technology, including email, basic word processing, Zoom video conferencing, navigating the Life Writers website, posting assignments, and commenting on the Life Writers website. None of these tasks are difficult, and we provide you with detailed instructions on how to do each.

What if Life Writers isn't right for me?

Life Writers is risk-free to you because it’s backed by a thirty-day, money-back guarantee.

If you try out the program, use all of its features, complete the assignments, and actively participate in the live events, yet find Life Writers is not a good fit for you, email us before the end of your first thirty days of membership, and we will refund your subscription fee. However, we know once you experience Life Writers, you’ll be excited to stay and see what you can accomplish.

If you are past your first thirty days, you may notify us of your desire to cancel in writing via email no later than fourteen days in advance of your next subscription billing period.

If your subscription renews every four months, you must cancel fourteen days before the start of the next session, which begins on February 1, June 1, or October 1.

If your subscription renews annually, you must cancel fourteen days before the next annual billing on February 1, June 1, or October 1, depending on the date you registered.

For more details, please refer to our Automatic Renewing Subscription Terms and Conditions.

Can I continue to access the program content after I cancel?

You have full access to all the content as long as you are a member. If you cancel or your membership expires, you lose access to all content.

For more details, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

If I cancel my membership, can I rejoin at a later date?

Absolutely! You will simply re-register as a new member at the current membership rate, and you will once again have full access to all membership content.

Do I need to be a tech wizard to participate in Life Writers?

Absolutely not! We have video and written instructions available that show you everything you need to know, such as how to click on a link to watch a video, join a video conference call, convert your story to a .pdf file, post your stories, add comments, and such.

And most importantly,
you’ll learn the only way to do it wrong
is to not do it at all!

When you join Life Writers, you are fully protected by our
100% satisfaction guarantee. Do the work, participate fully, and if,
in the first thirty (30) days, you feel Life Writers is not for you,
let us know, and we’ll send you an immediate refund.