ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Story of Your Life: How to Build Your Memoir

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A portrait of Anna Spargo-Ryan
21 March 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Anna Spargo-Ryan
Early, Emerging
Real life rarely happens in neat linear ways. Writing it down can be harder than it seems. This course will help you find the story thread and turn it into a compelling, beautiful narrative. You’ll learn about memoir and essay structures, shapes and rhythms, how to blend experience and research, and how to take your work to market. Through discussion and workshopping, students will interrogate the art of narrative nonfiction and learn how to invigorate their own writing.

This session will take place online, via Writers Victoria’s online platform.

You will learn: 

  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • How to think about making a structure out of a life
  • Incorporating research into memoir
  • Writing through trauma
  • What to do next

If you have a draft in progress, please bring 1000-1500 words to use for exercises.


About Anna Spargo-Ryan

Anna Spargo-Ryan is the author of two novels, The Gulf and The Paper House. She was the inaugural winner of the Horne Prize and is the nonfiction editor of ISLAND Magazine. Her new book, a memoir about mental illness and trauma recovery, will be published by Picador in 2021.


If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.


Phone: 90947895
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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