First Draft: Memoir in a Year - Memory vs Imagination

Sun 8 November 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Sian Prior
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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.

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Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000