Understand yourself

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Luke Ryan
15 December 2017
Luke Ryan

"When it comes to memoir the most important character to understand is yourself," says tutor Luke Ryan. "You are not a blank observer, but an active participant and your own characterisation will drive how you write every other part of the story."

Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and comedian. He is the editor of the Best Australian Comedy Writing series and author of ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo’, a comedy memoir about having had cancer a couple of times. His work has appeared in numerous publications including ‘Best Australian Essays’, the ‘Guardian’, ‘Quartz’, ‘Smith Journal’, ‘The Lifted Brow’, ‘Junkee’, ‘Crikey’, ‘Kill Your Darlings’ and many more.

Luke is teaching a workshop on Memoir in a Year: Character and Dialogue in January 2018.

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