Memoir in a Year: Research and Interviews

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A portrait of Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry
26 August 2017 - 10:00 to 1:00 PM
Lorna Hendry
Early, Emerging
Memoirs are crafted with a balance of remembering and research. Research can kickstart a writing project, fill in the gaps in your own knowledge and expand the themes and topics of your memoir.

You might find yourself poring over old photographs, exploring archival records, conducting interviews or searching online. It will be fascinating (and addictive), so it’s important to have a plan and recognise when it’s time to stop researching and start writing.

You will learn

  • how to fill the gaps in your own understanding of the past through research and interviews
  • how to identify the different stages of writing and what kinds of research might be most appropriate at each stage
  • how to decide what information to use and what to let go, and how to incorporate the results into your memoir
  • how to choose interview subjects, draw out the information you need from them and remain open to surprises
  • how to avoid falling into the ‘black hole of research’ that can distract you from your writing.

About Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry is the author of 'Wrong Way Round', a travel memoir about a three-year family camping trip around Australia. She is an editor, writer and graphic designer and has written and designed 15 non-fiction children’s books. 'The Gigantic Book of Genes' is shortlisted for the 2017 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Book of the Year. Lorna teaches in RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program and is researching a new book for older children.

You can read a Q&A with Lorna Hendry on this website.

Memoir in a Year

Read more about our Memoir in a Year workshops, or save 10% on the full package of ten

Memoir in a Year: Finding Your Story, 29 July

Memoir in a Year: Research and Interviews, 26 August

Memoir in a Year: Themes, 23 September

Memoir in a Year: Memory vs Imagination, 28 October

Memoir in a Year: Voice and Narration, 25 November

Memoir in a Year: Character and Dialogue, 27 January

Memoir in a Year: Showing, not Telling, 24 February

Memoir in a Year: Legal Issues and Ethics, 31 March

Memoir in a Year: Protecting Yourself, 28 April

Memoir in a Year: Synopsis and Pitch, 26 May

Registration fee
Member $ 90.00
Concession Member $ 80.00
Non-Member $ 120.00
Donation $ 0.00

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