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Winter School: Writing and Structuring Memoir



Meelee Soorkia




So, you’ve decided it’s finally time to write your memoir. But how do you sift through the millions of moments that make up your life and distil them into something worth reading? Learn how to turn your life events into an unforgettable narrative that will captivate the reader from page one.

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Meelee Soorkia


You will learn

  • how to construct an engaging memoir
  • selective inclusion: how to decide what to include and what to leave out
  • how to put the fiction into the non-fiction
  • how to work with the unreliability of human memory
  • how to write about people you know with sensitivity.

About Meelee Soorkia

Meelee Soorkia has been working as a writer and editor for more than a decade. She is Senior Development Editor at Hardie Grant Books, where she specialises in narrative non-fiction and memoir. She has worked on several bestselling and award-winning titles, including ‘The Undesirables’ by Mark Isaacs, ‘The Long Goodbye’ by PJ Parker and ‘Good Muslim Boy’ by Osamah Sami.

Winter School

Read more about other workshops in our Winter School program:

Winter School: Writing Grief and Trauma, 10 July

Winter School: How to Write Your Perfect YA Novel, 11 July

Winter School: Authorpreneurship - The Business of Creativity, 12 July

Winter School: A Crash Course in Freelance Journalism, 13 July

Winter School: Other People’s Lives – Storytelling and Ethics, 14 July

Winter School: Writing and Structuring Memoir, 15 July

Winter School: Lessons from Commercial Fiction, 16 July

Winter School: Writing Place, 17 July

Winter School: Writing and Advocacy, 18 July

Winter School: Finding Your Voice, 19 July

Winter School: Writing for Performance, 20 July

Winter School: Science Writing, 21 July

Winter School: Creativity 101, 22 July

Winter School: Writing Science Fiction, 23 July

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Registration for this event ended on 14 July 2017 - 4:00
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