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Intensive Course: Refine Your Memoir



Sian Prior




A memoir is so much more than a description of “what happened to me”. It requires a thoughtful excavation of the self and empathy with your imagined readers. Explore how to find the right voice for telling your story; how to separate the ‘story’ from the ‘situation’ you want to write about; how to create vivid characters from real people; how to ask the right questions; where to find the answers; and how to prepare a persuasive publishing proposal.
A photo of Dr Sian Prior.


Four full-day workshops, held at the Wheeler Centre:

Sunday 25 July, 10am-4pm

Sunday 7 August. 10am-4pm

Sunday 14 August, 10am-4pm

Sunday 4 September, 10am-4pm


Two evening seminars, held online via Zoom:

Thursday 4 August, 6.30-8pm

Thursday 18 August, 6.30-8pm


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the in-person workshops here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact program@writersvictoria.org.au to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • about voice – how to find and refine the right "voice" for your memoir
  • about situation vs story – how to identify the "story" you want to tell (the insight, the wisdom, the thing you’ve come to say) within the "situation" you are describing
  • about characters – how to create vivid "characters" from real people – including yourself
  • about research – how to decide which questions to ask and where to find the answers
  • about publication – how to write a persuasive publishing proposal for your memoir

About the Tutor:

Dr Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 30 years. She has been published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Sian teaches non-fiction at RMIT and runs online courses in creative non fiction. She has published two memoirs; Shy: A Memoir (2014) and Childless: A Story of Freedom and Longing (2022).

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: 0390947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Intensive Course: Refine Your Memoir

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