Memoir in a Year: Legal Issues and Ethics

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A portrait of Rebecca Starford

Rebecca Starford
31 March 2018 - 10:00 to 1:00 PM
Rebecca Starford
Early, Emerging
Publishing a memoir can be an ethical – not to mention legal – minefield. How do you balance the need for privacy for real-life characters while retaining the integrity and truthfulness in your work?

Writing memoir almost always involves writing about other people (whether it is friends, lovers or family) – how do you manage these relationships? This course will also explore some more formal publishing issues such as libel and defamation, as well as discussing contracts and how to best review them.  

You will learn

  • the art of conflation
  • techniques for concealing real-life identities
  • about ethics in writing
  • to gain confidence in telling your own story
  • how to think about authenticity

About Rebecca Starford

Rebecca Starford is the author of ‘Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School’. She is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. She is also an editor of Text Publishing. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age and Weekend Australian. She regularly runs workshops on fiction and non-fiction.

Memoir in a Year

Read more about our remaining Memoir in a Year workshops:

Memoir in a Year: Character and Dialogue, 27 January

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

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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