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

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.

We will read, discuss and be inspired by excerpts from exemplary life-writing texts. With in-class writing exercises, we will focus on aspects of memoir writing and you will be have the opportunity to share your work in a confidential and nurturing environment.

Course 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 bring to class...

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

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Creative Writing Course: Memoir & Life Writing

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Creative Writing Course: Memoir & Life Writing

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Keith speaks from his personal experience and shares his wealth of experience. I am most impressed.

  • said: Very well delivered course.

  • 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.

  • said: Great class!!!

  • 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.

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