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Memoir means “memory”, but memories inevitably morph and fade. How can we write about our lives with authenticity when we are dependent on unreliable recollections? How can we reassure our readers that our stories are based on the “truth”? Look at ways to access “lost” memories, employ imagination when memories won’t suffice, and acknowledge – and embrace – the blur between reality and poetic truth.
You will learn
- How to access ‘lost’ memories
- Employing the imagination when memories fade
- Acknowledging and embracing the blur between memory and imagination
- Reassuring the skeptical reader
- Poetic truth vs factual truth
About Sian Prior
Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 25 years. She has written for newspapers, magazines and literary journals and won awards for her short stories. Sian has taught non-fiction at RMIT and for writers centres around Australia. Her book ‘Shy: A memoir’ (Text) was published in 2014.
Sian is also running a longer Refine Your Memoir course from September to December.
Check out all our Memoir in a Year workshops:
- Voice and Narration with Josiane Behmoiras on 6 December
- Characters and Dialogue with Luke Ryan on 7 February 2016
- Showing not telling with Rochelle Siemienowicz on 6 March 2016
- Protecting Yourself with Maria Katsonis on 3 April 2016
- Theme with Liam Pieper on 1 May 2016
- Synopsis and Pitch with Marie Alafaci on 5 June 2016