Writing Memoir: Advanced - SOLD OUT!

Writing Memoir: Advanced - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Patti Miller
8 x Thursday mornings: 6, 13, 20, 27 July; 3, 10, 17, 24 August, 10am–1pm
Cost: Full price:
$800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, storytelling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts.

Over the course there will be a series of readings from such memoirists as Cheryl Strayed (Wild) and Helen Garner (Joe Cinque’s Consolation), in-depth discussions of writing issues, and, of course, many exercises aimed at extending memoir in its role as a rich literary genre. Each person will also get the chance to present a chapter for workshopping. Participants will have individual attention in a creative and encouraging atmosphere.

This course is suitable for those who have already attended a life writing course, as well as those who have made a start on their own.

Participant Requirements
Writing True Stories
by Patti Miller (Allen & Unwin, 2017), available in bookshops in July

About the tutor
Patti Miller
is the author of eight books: the best-selling Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers, Child, The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories (all published by A&U), Whatever the Gods Do, (Random House), the award-winning The Mind of a Thief (now a VCE text), Ransacking Paris, both published by UQP, and this year, Writing True Stories from A&U. She has also had numerous articles/personal essays published in national newspapers and literary magazines. She began the ‘Life Stories Workshops’ at Varuna in 1991 and is Australia’s best-known memoir teacher, offering memoir courses around Australia and in Paris. More than 40 of her students have been commercially published. See


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