Everyone has a story to tell! Have you ever thought about writing yours but had no clue where to begin? This course will teach the basics of writing while guiding students through the process of telling their own, true stories. Writing prompts will get students putting pen to paper during class time, short readings in various styles will be presented then discussed, and a different aspect of the craft will be addressed each session: from sentence structure to common grammar mistakes; from character development to creating complete scenes using setting, action, the five senses, and dialogue; from choosing exactly which story to tell to how to extract a larger meaning from that singular story. While this course’s emphasis will be on nonfiction writing (think memoir or personal essay), even fiction writers will benefit from the tips and tools provided. All great writing starts in the same place! Students should bring a notebook, something to write with, and an openness to discover where their words will take them. The course fee includes the cost of the handouts. A recent transplant to southeast Idaho, Ainsley McWha earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The New School in New York City. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, xoJane, as well as goidaho.com and Idaho LIFE publications. Her latest published piece was voted as Salon.com’s #4 personal essay of 2017.