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Writing Your Memoirs

Writing your memoirs will lead you into emotionally difficult territory. How much of what you write will be the truth? And how do you select what to write about?
Be prepared for a complex journey of self-discovery and soul-searching. Memoir writing can be a therapeutic and beneficial experience, but it is emotionally exhausting. And it will demand emotional honesty and bravery.
In “Writing the Memoir,” we discuss how to choose a subject, plan, focus, and begin a memoir. What makes for good subjects in memoirs? Examples include a relational memoir, one focused on mother and daughter or father and son; a memoir of passionate interest, a love of reading or mountaineering; a memoir of a phase or era, time spent in Mexico, a divorce, the death of a favourite uncle. We also explore the differences between autobiography and memoir and address the idea of self-disclosure.

There is time for multiple writing exercises in recalling people, places, and events, readings from published memoirs, discussion of the tension between emotional and factual truth, ideas about truth-telling for memoirists, one-on-one sharing and critique, and advice on publishing. The goal will be to draft the material for the first chapter or for a section of a memoir.

About the Tutor

My name is Keith Whelan and I have worked for several national and local newspapers as well as freelancing and have been teaching creative writing for the past eight years in Ireland and Australia. Amongst the libraries I have taught in are Wyong Shire Council, Cessnock City Council, The Hills Council, Hornsby Council, Burwood Council, Holroyd Library, Ashfield Library, Warringah Library City of Ryde Council and Port Stephens Council. I have also conducted a Creative Writing as part of the John Hopkins CTYI Programme in the University of Limerick, Ireland as a ten week course and also as part of the curriculum at the Centre for Adult Education at the University of Limerick. The course has also been included in several Library Programmes for Children’s Book Festival and Writer’s Weeks in Ireland. I also teach at the University of Sydney – Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Hunter, Central Coast Community College, Hornsby/Kur-un-gai Community College, Kur-un-gai Arts Centre, Newcastle Museum and Tuggerah Lakes Community College.

$60 Limited inc GST / $54
Writing Your Memoirs

<p>Writing your memoirs will lead you into emotionally difficult territory. How much of what you write will be the truth? And how do you select what to write about?<br/>Be prepared for a complex

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