The House in Memoir

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A portrait of Josiane Behmoiras

Josiane Behmoiras
12 November 2017 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Josiane Behmoiras
Emerging, Established
From childhood homes to temporary shelters, from chests of drawers to doorknobs, the house may take a significant place alongside plot and character.

French philosopher Gaston Bachelard said that the house is a metaphor for humanness and a space for imagining and ‘reading’ ourselves. In a mix of readings, discussion, writing exercises and feedback, explore how the places we have lived in can be described, interpreted and integrated into a memoir.

You will learn

  • Consider the house as a character in your story
  • Explore the house to trigger memories and emotions
  • Explore the psychology of the house and its impact on your story
  • Examine the subject of intimacy and secrecy in the house as relevant to your memoir
  • Balance reflection & description (‘showing’ and ‘telling’) in your writing

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

About Josiane Behmoiras

Josiane Behmoiras is the author of ‘Dora B: A Memoir of My Mother’ published in Australia and overseas and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award. She has been teaching writing for a decade, and earned a creative writing PhD at the University of Melbourne. Josiane has particular interest in personal upheaval narratives, family history, travel writing, personal essays and dystopian fiction.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9094 7840
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