Memoir in a Year: Memory vs Imagination

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A portrait of Sian Prior

Dr Sian Prior
28 October 2017 - 10:00 to 1:00 PM
Sian Prior
Early, Emerging
Memoir means ‘memory’, but memories inevitably morph and fade. How can we write about our lives with authenticity when we are dependent on unreliable recollections?

And how can we reassure our readers that our stories are based on the ‘truth’? Look at ways to: access ‘lost’ memories; employ our imagination when our memories won’t suffice; and embrace the blur between ‘reality’ and ‘poetic truth’.

You will learn

  • how to access ‘lost’ memories
  • employing the imagination when memories fade
  • acknowledging and embracing the blur between memory and imagination
  • reassuring the skeptical reader
  • poetic truth vs factual truth.

Sian shared her thoughts with us in a Q&A. You can read it on this website.

About Dr Sian Prior

Dr Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 25 years. She has presented programs on four different ABC networks, and her writing has been published in many newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Sian also teaches non fiction at RMIT in the Professional Writing and Editing associate degree and in short courses. Her book ‘Shy: a memoir’ was published by Text Publishing in 2014 and in 2015 she completed a PhD in Creative Writing. 

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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