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Refine Your Memoir



Dr 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 your memoir; how to separate story from situation; 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.

Dr Sian Prior


Saturdays 17 September, 15 October, 19 November and 17 December, 10am–4pm

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 an persuasive publishing proposal for your memoir

About Dr Sian Prior

Dr 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’ was published in 2014.

Read Sian's Q&A on mapping out your ethical comfort zone and have a go at her Writing Workout on personal experiences, memorable stories.


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Registration for this event ended on 16 September 2016 - 2:00
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