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The Book in a Bag Method

A Simple Yet Revolutionary Technique for Writing Your Book

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All good stories—fiction and nonfiction—are about the transformation of a character facing their greatest fear. The Book in a Bag method uses this fact to break complex writing into a simple, scene-based approach. It takes all the stress out of organizing your ideas, leaving you free to enjoy the exhilaration of crafting compelling short stories, novellas, novels, and memoirs. This method is suitable for all levels of writers at all stages of the drafting process.


This course includes a Book in a Bag, a simple yet revolutionary kit designed to guide, organize, and enhance your plotting! Once you register for the course and email your shipping address to [email protected], the kit will be mailed to you. International shipping is extra.


Your Instructor


Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey

Jessica (Jess) Lourey teaches, travels, and writes about secrets.

She's the Amazon Charts bestselling Lefty, Agatha, and Anthony-nominated author of nonfiction, YA adventure, magical realism, suspense, and thrillers. Jess is a tenured professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, a leader of writing retreats, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind May Day, her first published novel. In addition to her online courses, she teaches face-to-face writing workshops for all and leads transformative writing retreats for women.

When not traveling, reading, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. You can find out more about Jess on her website and by signing up for her newsletter.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1—Book in a Bag Story Gold
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  Module 2—Book in a Bag Story Inciting Incident
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us immediately for a full refund. If your Book in a Bag in a Bag kit has already been shipped, contact us in the first 30 days after registration and we will issue you a full refund minus $50 for the Book in a Bag kit if you requested US shipping and minus $84 if you requested international shipping.
What do I do if I experience technical difficulties?
Teachable has a page set up with troubleshooting tips. It provides contact information at the end of the page should you need further help: https://support.teachable.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000115971.

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