Outline Your Lifestory

a FREE 4 day course

All the details you need to structure your memoir.

This is a FREE 4-day workshop to help you get started on writing your memoir.

We’ll review your life so far, clarify patterns and themes and then draw out the stories in this swift plunge into our own fascinating selves.

You’ve always wanted to write your memoir, but it’s daunting. That’s a fact.

How do we look at our vast and storied and varied lives and get started with writing it down?

We start by writing down the bones.

  • The timelines
  • Rites of passage (both the known and the unknown)
  • Themes and patterns (perhaps some we never knew were there)
  • We step through the doorways into our stories and discover the entry points into our lives

Join me in a FREE 4 day workshop.

I’ll share the tools I use to outline your lifestory.

This 4 day workshop includes:

  • 4 daily email lessons
  • loosely structured facebook group for connecting and sharing
  • follow-up email for integration
  • a discount for Personal Mythmaking School

You’ll leave with:

  • Enthusiasm!!
  • a timeline of your life so far
  • a detailed map of the themes that have dominated your life
  • ideas and inspiration and a plan for where to start and what to focus on
  • brainstorming documents to support your memoir writing efforts
  • a playful sense of the future direction of your life




Via daily e-mail lessons plus an optional private facebook group.

The Cost:



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Who is Janelle?

My name is Janelle Hardy and I’m a published writer with BA in Anthropology, an MA in Dance and a Diploma in Hellerwork Structural Integration. I’ve worked as a research assistant at Yukon Archives, as a teacher and teaching assistant at various colleges and universities, and taught creative writing and healing workshops online and in person.

What this means for you is that I’ve got an uncommon ability to listen deeply, ask useful questions, see patterns, draw threads together and do my research.

I’ve got a particular passion for individual and cultural stories, the power of stories and identity, and the immensely beautiful force of questioning our stories, even as we honour them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need?

An email account. Your lessons will be delivered via daily e-mails, so you’ll need e-mail and access to the internet.

Time. This will take about 30 minutes to an hour per day, depending how much time you want to devote to each exercise.

A facebook account (optional). The facebook group is an optional community add-on to the workshop. Some people find it useful to connect and learn in community. Others prefer to work alone. Either choice is fine.


How are you qualified to do this work?

Thanks for asking.

I’ve got an exceptional amount of skill and experience in interviewing, writing, working with people one-on-one and drawing out stories.

I’m a great listener and I’m always attuned for patterns, deeper meanings and great stories.

I have an appreciation for context, history, and take the role of helping people birth their creations into the world very seriously.

Currently I teach a group memoir writing process twice a year as well, called Personal Mythmaking School.

Why does this only get me an outline for my memoir?

Good question!

Writing a memoir takes a lot of time and energy.

However, getting started on a memoir requires a bit of structure first. You need to know what you want to focus on, where your starting points are, what the ‘lay of the land’ is, so to speak.

This small workshop gives you enough of a plan to get started.

Can I get more services added to this? I want to write my entire memoir.


I offer a 3 month memoir writing class, called Personal Mythmaking School. It’s rich, deep and wonderful. We start August 21st.

I also do one-on-one work with people to write their memoirs. You can learn more here.


Do you have more questions? Please get in touch with any questions or ideas you have.