Long Course: Refine Your Memoir with Sian Prior

A portrait of Sian Prior
29 August 2020 - 10:00 to 05 December 2020 - 4:00
Sian Prior
Early, Emerging
A memoir is so much more than a description of “what happened to me”. It requires a thoughtful excavation of the self and empathy with your imagined readers. Explore how to find the right voice for your memoir; how to separate story from situation; how to create vivid characters from real people; how to ask the right questions; where to find the answers; and how to prepare a persuasive publishing proposal.

At the time of publication, this information is correct. However, if circumstances change, we will let you know as soon as possible and our extended cancellation policy is still in effect.


This long-form course will take place over five months, and incorporate workshops, webinars, and feedback. 


You will learn:

  • about voice – how to find and refine the right "voice" for your memoir

  • about situation vs story – how to identify the "story" you want to tell (the insight, the wisdom, the thing you’ve come to say) within the "situation" you are describing

  • about characters – how to create vivid "characters" from real people – including yourself

  • about research – how to decide which questions to ask and where to find the answers

  • about publication – how to write a persuasive publishing proposal for your memoir


Workshops will run 10am-4pm on:

  • Saturday 29 August
  • Saturday 10 October
  • Saturday 31 October
  • Saturday 5 December

Online Mentoring Sessions will run 6-7:30pm on:

  • Thursday 10 September
  • Thursday 12 November


About Sian Prior

Dr Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for three decades. She has written for newspapers, magazines and literary journals and won awards for her short stories. Sian teaches non-fiction at RMIT and for writers centres around Australia. Her first book ‘Shy: A memoir’ was published in 2014.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947855
Registration fee
Member $ 600.00
Concession Member $ 530.00
Non-Member $ 850.00
Donation $ 1.00

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