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Life Writing Masterclass with Patti Miller
Life Writing Masterclass
8-week course

You’ve started your memoir – we’ll help you finish it

This new 8-week Masterclass in Life Writing is an advanced or extension course for those who have already done a life writing workshop with Patti Miller, or have made a substantial start on their own.

The fundamentals of writing autobiography or memoir need to be already understood, however this course will refresh writing skills, such as creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice and story-telling.

There will be a special trouble-shooting class on narrative structure and we will explore the challenging borderlands where memoir meets with fiction.

You will uncover:

  • narrating position and perspective
  • the phenomena of ‘Proustian memory
  • how to deal with difficulties in telling the truth
  • how to trick the senses into giving the reader the colour, feel and texture of your life
  • the difference between memoir and fiction
  • how to avoid self-indulgent writing
  • how to shape your memoir
  • finding the real story of your life

Workshop your writing

During the course, participants will produce a full chapter to be workshopped in class and will also complete many shorter writing exercises. This is a course for people who are committed to continuing with their memoir or autobiography in an encouraging and supportive environment.


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PATTI MILLER

Patti Miller has taught creative writing, with a particular focus on autobiographical writing, for 20 years. At the Sydney Writers' Centre, you learn from the best – and we believe Patti is the best life writing teacher in Australia. Patti is author of Australia 's best-selling autobiographical writing texts, Writing Your Life and The Memoir Book. She is also the author of The Last One Who Remembers, Child and Whatever The Gods Do. Many of her former students have been successfully published. ...more

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Courses are held at our harbourside Centre in Milsons Point

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Rave Reviews about Patti Miller

CLARE NATHAN

"Patti was wonderful in encouraging us and providing that safe environment to share our stories. Her feedback was invaluable, not just of my work but of everyone's. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It has inspired me to continue with my project."

NAT WATSON

"The benefits of doing this course were priceless. Not only did my writing passion and skill increase, but I allowed me to truly find myself. Patti's techniques, exercises and experience allows you to look at yourself, evaluate yourself and find your true self through writing. It has increased my confidence, my skill and my desire to write. Thank you so much."

LAURA RYAN

"Patti was a great instructor – the best writing course I've taken so far. It provided concrete examples on how to progress writing as well as new ways to access new ideas and ways to write."

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Life Writing Masterclass with Patti Miller

Friday morning classes (once a week for eight weeks)
TIME: 10.00am – 12noon
FEE: $650 (includes GST)

COURSE STARTS:

Friday 1 July 2011
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"It was extremely pleasant being in the company of other like-minded people going on their own life journey. I feel I have benefited enormously, giving me more of a chance of completing my story with a lot more inspiration to bring it to fruition. I think Patti presented the course beautifully and I felt our needs were met."
- Jane Gilvear

"The course pinpointed the areas of writing that I'd never thought about. The homework/exercises/readings made total sense. I am rewriting another draft of my memoir and feel that I can enrich it so much!"
- Lara Friedman

"I found the class very inspiring, informative and interesting. I learned so much in such little time. I also met some very wonderful people and enjoyed interacting with them each week. I feel more confident now to go ahead with my own projects as a result of the information given in the class."
- Julie Abrahams

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