Leverage Your Traumatic Story. 3 Steps. 6 Weeks.

the most intriguing stories are addictive
Nonfiction is the fastest-growing genre.
Consumers want true stories.

But almost no one knows how to “show” vs. “tell”
to keep their audience coming back for more.

And almost no one focuses only
on helping survivors
write a memoir or stories
based on their traumatic experiences.

Learn how to monetize YOUR story by crushing "Show, don't Tell"
Torah’s story has been featured in:

Successfully tested for:

✓ ADHD Entrepreneurs, Writers + Emerging Authors

✓ people who want the confidence to write emotionally engaging stories (drawn from their personal experience)

✓ people who want to leverage their traumatic, personal story to optimize revenue and impact

Have a story inside you
that is demanding to be born?

STEP 1: Write daily.
STEP 2: Master “show, don’t tell”.
STEP 3: Practice self-care.

In 6 Weeks, You'll Achieve

these skills:
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Show, don't Tell

This is a classic fiction technique that even the Ivy Leagues don’t teach successfully. It’s what makes your stories captivate your audience. Everyone talks about it in creative writing classes. But almost no one can teach it in a clear way.

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Addictive Storytelling

You’ll learn the neuroscience behind creating addictive stories. Once you understand that secret, you will forever approach writing differently, more powerfully.
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Self-care

The emotional investment of writing your traumatic story is steep and requires constant self-care. Your success in this course is significantly dependent upon practicing daily self-care, which is a component of each module.

In 6 Weeks, these skills

can be applied to:
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Article

draft or polished version for publication
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Chapter

draft or polished version
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Back Cover Copy

draft or polished version, enough to conduct target market research
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Transformed Bio

1-line, 70-word, and 500-word versions

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About Page

new or updated (the most visited page after the Home page)
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Manuscript Revision

one of many rounds, depending on where you are
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Your Stories

– in 1 sentence (+ 60 seconds or less)

– scaled up and scaled down versions

– variations depending on your target market

This course also helps you figure out if you want/need to hire a:

 

  • developmental editor for your memoir,
  • a designer for your cover,
  • a copywriter for your product, or
  • a writing coach to improve your skills.
And it helps you to:

 

  • learn how to pitch to news/media outlets
  • draft query letters to agents
  • introduce yourself to your target audience or at social events

“There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.”

Zora Neale Hurston, Author (and my fellow Columbia alumna)

A Message from Torah

When I was an 11-year-old Amish girl, I dreamed of becoming an author. Books were my passport to the universe.

“Some day I’ll be a famous writer, too,” I thought. “Like Louisa May Alcott. Or Frances Hodgson Burnett. Or Lucy Maud Montgomery.”

After my first semester at Columbia University, I never again took a writing class.

Traumatized by bloodbaths of ink and Cs on every essay (except one—I got a B minus on that), I avoided all creative writing courses from then on.

“I’ll never be a writer.” I swallowed my pain and exiled all visions of literary greatness to another galaxy.

For the next four years, I stumbled through a humanities degree with no clue as to what the secret was to boost me from a B paper to an A.

Authors, Writers + Speakers

Who Shared Their Traumatic Stories with Torah

on the Amish Entrepreneur Show podcast

Memoir Authors Sovilla + Lucinda's Stories

Sovilla Coblentz + Lucinda Coblentz: Escaping the Amish as Young Female Teens, Wearing Lipstick

Sovilla and Lucinda talk about:

  • Escaping the Amish as Young Female Teens
  • Wearing Lipstick
  • Seeking the Path of Personal Freedom

Memoir Author Molly's Story

S3E4 Molly Maeve: Her Story of Hollywood Sexual Abuse at Age 15 by Movie Producer James Toback

Molly, a C-PTSD survivor and ketamine advocate, is an award-winning investigative journalist and is on a mission to educate the public about complex PTS (post-traumatic stress), which most often stems from childhood sexual assault. PTS(D) is not just a veterans’ problem and she’d like to do for sexual assault survivors what the veterans’ community has done for themselves in terms of rectifying public perception, changing public policy, and organizing a supportive community of survivors.

Molly shares her story of having been groomed as an underage girl for victimization (sexual assault) by movie producer James Toback, who’s been accused of sexual assault by over 300 women but hasn’t been convicted for any of his crimes. Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are among Toback’s victims, but so far, Molly is the only minor to speak out about Toback and she hopes that more minors will come forward.

Art Historian Elise's Story

S3E3 Elise Trucks: Pondering “Mundane Sexual Assault” in the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo

Elise Trucks is the daughter of one of the members of legendary rock and roll band (The Allman Brothers Band), a Columbia University alumna, former professor, and art historian. Elise explains what she means by experiencing “mundane sexual assault” and how that plays out in the workplace and society in general.

She shares two stories of sexual assault, one which shines a positive light on men who intervened on her behalf.

Memoir Author Lindsay's Story

S3E9 Lindsay Gibson: An Angel Mom’s Journey to Just Be, Learning Surrender from Her Stillborn Son

Author, Speaker & Natural Mommy Blogger Lindsay Gibson shares her story about loss of innocence through rape, attempted murder, and the death of her baby. The loss of her child caused her to seek answers. That led her to include healing the body and becoming certified as a Trauma Yoga Instructor.

Today, her greatest desire is to help women who have experienced trauma and grief through loss to heal and become all that they are created to be: healthy, vibrant people.

Lindsay is the author of the memoir Just Be: How my Stillborn Son Taught Me to Surrender.

Author + Military Vet Sean's Story

S3E10 Sean Wyman: Letting Go: A Military Veteran’s 8-Step Trauma Recovery Process

Author, Trauma Recovery Speaker, Military Veteran & Radio Host Sean Wyman shares his story of overcoming childhood abuse (C-PTSD) and 30 years of barricaded hate. He believes it is inside of all of us to live the life we want to live.

Sean understands adversity very well. From an abusive childhood, contemplating murder at age 10, growing up in foster care and group homes, experimenting with drugs and getting addicted to cigarettes and alcohol at 13, a near death experience in the Army at 21, failing in his first marriage going $96,000 in debt by age 27, and failing miserably for his first years getting started in business.

Today, his work focuses on helping others who have experienced trauma by letting go through his 8-Step Movement Process.

Speedskater Bridie's Story

S3E11 Bridie Farrell: How to Binge Watch and Do Good: Tweet to Save a Child from Sexual Assault

Bridie Farrell is a former US National Speedskating Team Member and the founder of NY Loves Kids. When she was 15 years old, she was sexually abused by Andy Gabel, a 33-year-old and the #1 speedskater in the US at the time.

In this episode, Bridie and Torah talk about how difficult it is for adult victims or survivors to come forward, even celebrities who have teams of lawyers, assistants, and PR to help them with what to say. Child victims have no such backing, so it’s upon us adults to speak out on behalf of children everywhere.

Writer Philippe's Story

S3E1 Philippe Lewis: A Male Supporter Shares Insights From a Relationship with an Assault Victim

Philippe Lewis is a Love Coach, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Trained Somatica Practitioner, and Epic Event Producer. For the last 18 years, he has been exploring love, relationships, intimacy, sensuality and sexuality with individuals and communities through teaching, writing, coaching and events with the goal of growing men and women into better lovers and better humans.

He is a father, a lover, a partner, a husband, a teacher, a producer, a writer, a social artist, a coach, a counselor, and much more. He has a deep appreciation for people and life, and his deepest wish is to leave everyone a little bit better and a little bit more delighted wherever he goes.

Podcaster Jo's Story

S3E6 Jo Beckwith: Life After Sexual Assault: Yes, We Survivors *Can* Laugh and Love Again

Jo Beckwith was raped by a pastor six years ago, and it devastated every part of her. Very fortunately, she was able to take her life back and live again. Now she spends her time trying to help other survivors find healing and a meaningful life after assault as well.

She cares passionately about helping survivors and supporters along their journey of recovery and as such, she created a YouTube channel called “Jo Beckwith – Let’s Talk Trauma” where she shares practical tips and tools to bring a light into the darkness.

Start Date: Friday, July 27

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Registration now open!

LIVE 1-hr Orientation: Friday, July 27 – 12:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT

Everything will be recorded, so don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE orientation.

Who This Is For

This is for you if you:

  • Want to write a memoir or
    fiction-style true stories
    that your audience/clients
    can’t get enough of

  • Want a writing mentor who’s gone through the journey of writing a deeply traumatic memoir

  • Want to see tangible results
    within 6 weeks

  • Want to learn from the 5-figure mistakes I made, the attacks and death threats I got, and why it was worth all that

And you:

  • don’t know which scenes/memories to write about and which to leave out
  • want to learn a proven technique to cut through the overwhelm (in only 12 minutes a day)
  • commit to writing daily, complete all the assignments, and don’t expect to become a memoir wizard overnight 🙂 

Why You Should Learn from Me

The path to becoming a skilled memoir writer takes dedication and time, but if you have the raw talent and you put your mind to it, you’ll have no problem becoming one of the best.

Why?

Because I’m good at teaching stuff that even the Ivy League schools can’t get right (like helping you understand what the heck “show, don’t tell” is).

And I get the emotional investment it takes to write a raw memoir. It’s a deeply personal and painful experience that you’re bravely sharing with the world.

There’ll be times when you need to step back and take a break. Self-care is key––#1––in this course!

Follow Your Dreams.

And learn about yourself in the process.

Make Money.

Your personal story is your only real asset ($). It can never be stolen or copied.

Better the world.

Your voice is your sword. The only way to change the world is by changing yourself and shining your light.

Now Taking Applications

Acceptance into this course is by invitation.
Get the mastermind experience. Without the mastermind price tag.

Plans and Pricing

This is my very first time offering this course to a group. I’ve taught all these things to individual clients, some stuff over the course of 15+ years.

Below is the pricing but acceptance into the course is by application. Meaning that if I feel you’re a good fit for the course, I’ll let you know and then you pay at that time.

This is a course that’s taught LIVE, curated by me for the best chance of success for everyone.

Course Overview + Schedule

This is a course that simulates an offline writing workshop experience in that it’s taught live, not pre-recorded. It also simulates a high-touch mastermind––without the 5-6 figure mastermind price tag.

The things we cover are an intro to the key components you need to develop (or outsource) in order to master the power of storytelling in your personal or professional life. Review the modules for more details.

This is a safe space for you to be vulnerable and receive positive and supportive feedback that propels you forward. 

WEEKS 1-4: You’ll join the course with a specific writing project to accomplish from the list given in this section.

In the 1st four weeks (Part 1), I’ll cover a range of topics that affect every aspect of writing, but the emphasis will always be on mastering “Show, don’t Tell”. This is the single, most important thing to master from the entire course.

WEEKS 5-6: In the 2nd two weeks (Part 2), I’ll focus on providing super, drilled-down customized feedback to each student/participant, to ensure your best chance at achieving the goal you came into the course with.

 

– 6 Weekly Online Modules taught LIVE – approx 1 hour each
– 6 Weekly Live Q&A Group Video Calls with Torah – max 30 min each
– Private Facebook Group membership with weekly pop-ins by Torah
– Founding Students’ Bonus: 1:1 video consulting call with Torah

Orientation + Module 1

Friday, July 27

1. Private LIVE orientation will take place at 12 noon ET via Zoom video (free app). All live calls are recorded for viewing later if you can’t make it to class, but I strongly encourage you to make the live classes.

What I mean by “LIVE” is that I’m actually on Zoom––and hoping to see you! This is NOT a pre-recorded course or a course with so many students that you can’t build nurturing relationships with everyone in the group throughout the length of the course.

Your experience will be very similar to an offline writing workshop or online high-touch mastermind. Everyone is expected to show up for each class (i.e., be on the LIVE Zoom video calls), or not skip more than two.

 Why?

Because the only way to accelerate mastering the craft of writing is by hearing others’ work and sharing supportive feedback in a group setting.

2. The 12-Minute Writing Process

 We’ll do a live writing session, using the 12-Minute method that I developed to write my own memoir; this is the method that lets you cut through the overwhelm, summon your inner muse at will, and never again have to think about where or how to start. 

This method requires handwriting for the first week. After that, writing by hand is optional. You’ll develop the habit of writing daily for 12 minutes minimum if you’re not already writing that minimum.

 3. Show, don’t Tell

This is the single, most important thing to master from the entire course! If you don’t learn anything but this, you’ll know more than most Ivy League MFA program candidates, who pay 5-6 figures for their education.

4. The Neuroscience Behind Creating Addictive Stories

If you’re not convinced about the importance of “Show, don’t Tell”, this will do the trick.

 

#1 Live Q&A

Friday, July 27 via Zoom video – right after class

Module 2

Tuesday, July

1. Discovering Your Personal Story in 1 Sentence

– with a LIVE session in which Torah claims to figure out one lucky volunteer student’s 1-sentence story in 10 minutes 🙂

2. How to Scale Up or Scale Down Your Story

– so you can use it on your back book cover, in a blog post, or for a magazine article

3. How to Pitch to News/Media Outlets

– we’ll cover the differences between written pitches and verbal/video pitches

4. Dissecting Award-Winning Writer George Saunders’ Storytelling + National Bestselling Author David Sedaris’ Memoir Writing

– we’ll watch a video of Saunders on Storytelling and do exercises in real-time, using your work

 

#2 Live Q&A

Tuesday via Zoom video – right after class

Module 3

Tuesday, August

1. The 9 Key Elements of a Book Cover

– this can make or break book sales

2. The 9 Key Elements of Your Back Book Cover Copy

– this copy is also what should go on your book’s website and Amazon listing

3. A Realistic Self-Published Book Budget

– we’ll run some actual real-time numbers; you’ll learn an easy formula for figuring out what to budget for your book in today’s self-publishing world

4. The Key Components to Creating a High-Quality Self-Published Book

– we’ll learn what the following are and whether you want/need them:

  • editorial assessment
  • developmental editor
  • copyeditor
  • proofreader
  • cover designer
  • book layout design and typesetting
  • copywriter
  • writing coach
#3 Live Q&A

Tuesday via Zoom video – right after class

Module 4

Tuesday, August

1. The Emotional Investment of Writing Your Memoir, or Mining Your Memories for Addictive Stories

– I’ll share my personal experiences about the emotional toll of writing my memoir: the 5-figure mistakes I made, the attacks and death threats I got, and why it was worth all that; we’ll also watch some clips of memoir authors I’ve interviewed who share from their writing journeys

#4 Live Q&A

Tuesday via Zoom video – right after class

Module 5-6

Tuesday, September

Individual Student Customized Plan

– this latter part of the course is designed to go in-depth into what each student needs/wants the most help with to accomplish their goal coming into the course

#5-6 Live Q&A

Tuesday via Zoom video – right after class

What Students Say

These are reviews from people who’ve taken my 7-Day Challenge or one-on-one coaching/consulting.

I can write a half-way interesting story in 12 minutes (a big win).

That someone thinks I can write a decent kids’ story was a very pleasant surprise.

David T.

Attorney

Torah has a keen sensibility for honing in on the essence of one’s story. I didn’t know where to begin. I felt so overwhelmed by all the events of my history that I wasn’t able to see a clear path to sharing it.

Torah helped me by inquiry and led me to the essentials of my story with tenderness and empathy. I knew it was there in me all along but I felt insecure about sharing it.

Torah turned the light on inside of me and gave me the courage to own my story.  Thank you!!

Sara G.

Performer, Coach + Playwright

It’s just recently that I realized that I AM capable of writing compelling material. You’ve helped me realize why this happened and how to do it more consistently!

The tips and personalized feedback from Torah made these 7 days a joy. I’ve learned a writing process that will pay dividends for as long as I write, and hopefully that’s a long, long time. Aron C.

Naturopathic Physician

Torah, you are the key to my future. Lizzie Hershberger

Forthcoming Memoir Author

I had no idea I had so much I wanted to write about. I would have never known without this workshop. Keerthi V.

Emerging Writer / Medical Student

Just finished writing a book. First draft referenced you. Thank you so much for helping me write again!

You’re a great influence.

Leslie F.

Forthcoming Author

This was an eye opening exercise. My mind just spewed all of this out. Corrinne S.

Emerging Writer

I gained more confidence. And had fun in the process. I completed it because I knew I had Torah helping me in the process; that was key for me. Tatiana T.

Sales Consultant

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make payments?
Yes! Check out the Plans and Pricing section for info.
What is your refund policy?

This is an inaugural, high-touch, high-value mastermind-type course at a very low price point, so I can’t offer any refunds. You should only apply for this course if you’ve already experienced my free 7-Day Challenge (a precursor to this course) or one-on-one consulting/coaching/mentoring, or are confident it’s worth taking the risk to learn from me.

You do have the pay per module option so that means that you’re not locked in for the rest of the modules if you decide the course isn’t for you.

I don’t advise people to take courses with no refund/trial period if they don’t know the person, or haven’t worked with them before.

I've had bad experiences in writing workshops, MFA programs, writing groups, online courses, etc. Are the people in your course going to be bitchy, negative, backstabbing, etc.?

I can’t control others’ behavior but I’ll do my best to carefully vet every applicant and accept a curated group that I feel will contribute positively toward each other. I want this to be a fun, growing, and positive experience for everyone, including myself. 🙂

All of us will be fellow abuse survivors, so I don’t anticipate people being unkind to each other. 

I have more questions.
Email me via the Contact form and I’ll answer ASAP.

Start Date: Friday, July 27

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Hour(s)

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Minute(s)

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Registration now open!

LIVE 1-hr Orientation: Friday, July 27 – 12:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT

Everything will be recorded, so don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE orientation.

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