Glamour Introduces New Storytelling Course Exclusively on Udemy

“Everything is material!” says author Liz Egan, who is also books editor at Glamour magazine and instructor of the newly launched Udemy course Glamour Presents How to Tell Your Story: Master the Basics of Writing Effective Stories, which aims to help aspiring writers find their voice.

“Glamour Presents How to Tell Your Story: Master the Basics of Writing Effective Stories” is recommended for amateur writers as well as anyone else with a desire to express themselves. Regularly engaging in expressive writing has been linked to improved mood and well-being as well as reduced stress levels, so students will come away with much more than just a better way with words!

In addition to sharing what she’s learned from her own writing career, Egan invites six other published authors to speak about their experiences. She explains, “I chose authors whose work I admire and whose perspectives have helped me as I work on my own essays and books.”

We interviewed Egan to find out more about her course and advice for new writers.

Udemy: What is the most important thing to understand about finding your voice in writing?

Egan: You’ll hit a lot of flat notes before you find the one that rings true. Nobody wakes up sounding like Hemingway, just the way nobody wakes up sounding like Beyoncé. You have to practice, which takes patience, humility, and determination. Also, even though your voice comes from inside you, it’s helpful if you also make a point to read books by authors whose voices you admire and pay close attention to the voices around you every day. Everything is material!

Udemy: Do you have any advice for how students can incorporate your course content into their everyday lives?

Egan: I’d recommend that students set aside 30 minutes, three to five times a week, to work through the exercises we’ll cover in the course. Think of it like exercise: if you plan ahead, it will happen. And you might not be running a marathon each time or even breaking a sweat, but you will have gotten words on a page. When you come back to them later with a little perspective, you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Udemy: What’s your advice for getting past writer’s block?

Egan: The same advice I’d give to someone who falls off a horse (even though I’ve never fallen off a horse, and I’m sure it’s very painful): get back in the saddle. Play through the pain. Just do it. All the tired sports metaphors apply to writing, too. If you keep at it, you’ll chip away at the block. Also, be kind to yourself. Writing is emotionally draining. If you don’t have it in you to write for eight hours a day, you might not have writer’s block—you might just be tired. Give yourself a break and go do something fun!

Egan’s essays and book reviews have appeared in Self, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Book Review, LA Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Newark Star-Ledger.