First Draft: Memoir in a Year - Research and Interviews

Sun 6 September 2015 - 10:00am to Mon 7 September 2015 - 12:59pm
Lorna Hendry
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Memoirs are crafted with a balance of remembering and research. Research can kickstart a writing project, fill in the gaps in your own knowledge and expand the themes and topics of your memoir. You might find yourself poring over old photographs, exploring archival records, conducting interviews or searching online. It will be fascinating (and addictive), so it’s important to have a plan and recognise when it’s time to stop researching and start writing.

You will learn

  • What kind of research might be necessary at different stages of your memoir and how to create a plan of attack
  • Different types of research (interviews, photographs, archives, historical backgrounding, fact finding)
  • Choosing interview subjects, drawing out the information you need from them and remaining open to surprises
  • How to avoid falling into the “black hole of research” that can distract you from your writing
  • Organising and selecting your information – what to use and what to let go

About Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry’s travel memoir, ‘Wrong Way Round’, is the story of her three-year camping trip around Australia with her family. She is the author and designer of many non-fiction children’s picture books on topics as varied as penguins, the five senses and life on the equator. Lorna teaches in RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program and has just started researching her next writing project.

Writing workout from Lorna Hendry: Significant Objects

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