Creative Writing Course: Memoir & Life Writing

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Learn how to write a Memoir with our creative writing courses in Sydney.

Choose from face to face classroom delivery or interactive live online course via Zoom platform, with a small class group.

Put simply, life experience combined with a desire to write qualifies you to tell your own story.

Life’s challenges and complexities serve as grist for the writer’s mill and nobody navigates this life without struggle. Our experiences shape us and inform our worldview. Our personal circumstances, combined with our lived-experience, our observations of the world, and our individual personality makes us unique; therefore the narratives of our lives are unique.

Over the course of 6 weeks, we will read, discuss and be inspired by excerpts from exemplary life-writing texts. With regular in-class and external writing exercises – including journaling – we will focus on a different aspect of Life Writing each week and you will be given the opportunity to share your work in a confidential and nurturing environment.

Outcomes

By the end of this creative writing course, you will be able to:

  • draw on newly acquired knowledge and skills to continue on your writing journey independently
  • generate new writing ideas with increased confidence in experimenting with alternate forms
  • apply detail and drama to bring your writing to life
  • identify avenues of print and publication available in Australia

Ideal for

This is an introductory course for complete beginners and students who have started writing but want to develop their skills in this genre.

Course content

  • Telling your truth – Memoir, Autobiography and the Personal Essay
  • Sources and Memory
  • Finding your voice
  • Detail, drama, dialogue
  • Structure: shaping your narrative
  • Workshopping. Where to Now? Printing, publishing & self-publishing options

Please note: This is an interactive course and requires regular input from all participants. Please come prepared to share at least some of your experiences and your writing with the class and be willing to engage in-class discussion. Throughout the course, the teacher will provide feedback on written work through constructive criticism, suggestions on how to improve it, as well as loads of encouragement.

Course content – online delivery

Please note: The online course is a modified version of the full course, so the content and learning outcomes will be reduced to suit online delivery and the shorter course duration.

Please bring to class...

  • A notebook with removable pages and something to write with
  • Laptops (optional)

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Creative Writing Course: Memoir & Life Writing

<p><strong>Learn how to write a Memoir with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/Arts/writing-creative-writing-courses-classes-sydney">creative writing courses</a> in Sydney.

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$359 Limited inc GST / $287.20 / $323.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I really enjoyed the course online, would like another 4 weeks. Keith was informative, friendly... sharing his experiences and knowledge and interested in our participation. Thank you Sydney Community College, will do more courses with you.

  • said: Great class!!!

  • said: I enjoyed the camaraderie working together on developing each other’s ideas. I arrived with no structure of how to go about writing my memoir but left with a plan. I’m looking forward to the coming weeks of writing.

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