Home » Calendars » Events » Event

Finding the Focus of Your Memoir



Lee Kofman




Human lives are multidimensional. The memoirist’s job is not to tidy up their complexity, but to ‘slice’ it into various stories that would be compelling for readers and less daunting for the writer to work with. How do we know where to focus and where to cull? Which aspects of our lives to emphasise and dramatise, and which to keep in the background? We’ll cast a close look at your lives, find those stories most worth telling and learn how to approach writing them without getting overwhelmed.
Portrait of Lee Kofman


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop 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 [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • To understand deeply what memoir is (and isn’t)
  • To slice your life into stories
  • To shape your story into a dramatic narrative
  • Strategies to identify relevant story material
  • Strategies to get organised (and motivated) to write

About the Tutor:

Dr Lee Kofman is the author of six books, including the writing book The Writer Laid Bare (Ventura, 2022), Imperfect (Affirm Press, 2019), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride (MUP, 2014); editor of Split (Ventura, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020, and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura, 2016). Her short works have been widely published and her writing blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. 

Not a Member?

Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

Cancellation Policy


The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 01 September 2023 - 4:00
Scroll to Top