Discover what memoir can achieve at its best, and some common pitfalls to avoid. Get a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts view from structure and storytelling, to how to create characters, using tools of memory, and navigating the tricky ethical territory of writing about people you know.
Tackle your project through a combination of webinars and submissions of your own work. You’ll receive direct feedback from your tutor and fellow course participants on your writing. Theoretical components will be taught in conjunction with practical exercises and you’ll also be given feedback on your work to make your writing stronger.
Please note: this course started in January. But you can catch up on the first webinar online if you still want to join in. Registrations will be open until 27 February 2017.
Submissions of up to 3,000 words due midnight Wednesdays 1 March, 5 April, 3 May, 31 May.
Webinars are 6:00-7:30pm on 30 January (CATCH UP ONLINE), 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June.
You will learn
- how to use tools of memory and record (diaries, letters, emails, interviews, photos)
- how to find a theme or focus for your memoir
- how to make sense of the past from a critical distance – getting outside yourself
- how to create characters out of people you know… and yourself
- the ethics of writing about people you know, and judging how to take risks without revealing things you’ll regret
About Jo Case
Jo Case’s first book, ‘Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s’ (2013) was shortlisted for the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing. Her personal essays have been published in the anthologies ‘Mothermorphosis’ (MUP, 2015) and ‘Rebellious Daughters’ (Ventura Press, 2016), and in ‘The Age’. Her short stories have been published in ‘Sleepers Almanac’, ‘The Big Issue’ and ‘Best Australian Stories’.
Jo shared her thoughts on memoir in a Q&A. Read it here.
Read more about our other online courses, digital intensives, clinics and webinars:
Online: Beginners Short Story Clinic Wednesday 1 February
Online: Intermediate Short Story Clinic, 1 February
Online: Intro to Online Courses, 13 February
Online: Advanced Short Story Clinic, 15 February
Online: Poetry Clinic, 15 February
Online: Copywriting and Your Career, 8 March
Online: Digital Fantasy Novel Intensive, 1 May
Online: Pitch Tips, 24 May
Online: Digital Novel Intensive, 19 June
Online: How to Write… a funding application, 27 June
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