Life Writing Masterclass
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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Learn from the best
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