MEMOIR

What is a Memoir?

When writing a memoir, the author is on a quest to understand and discover meaning to moments of their life they remember. A meditative exercise that requires examination of experiences, peeling back the layers and relating the past to the present self. Our online courses and workshops are designed to help you achieve this, no matter what stage your writing is at.

 

We run regular memoir and life-writing workshops and courses online. Click here to find out when the next one is.

Sharing some incredible life stories 10-week course, Edinburgh. Autumn 2019

A taster of some of the content included in the online memoir and life-writing courses

 

To complement the course notes for the 5-week beginners’ course, Sarah chatted with some experts in regard to each subject title. Click on each title to see the relevant video:

 

Story Structure with English Literature teacher and first reader, Rae Roberts

Truth vs A Good Story with Rhidian Brook, novelist, screenwriter and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day. Rhidian is the pen behind The Aftermath (2019), starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård,and the forthcoming film project based on his last novel, The Killing of Butterfly Joe.

Click here for Rhidian’s website which contains the added bonus of a collection of his short stories.

 

Beginnings & Endings with playwright and director, Simon Bowler

https://pwcenter.org/profile/simon-bowler#:~:text=cable%20television%20programming.-,Simon%20Bowler%20is%20a%20seasoned%20producer%2C%20director%20and%20writer%20of,for%20BBC%20World%20Service%20Television.

 

Titles with playwright, novelist and short-story writer, Mei Joan Guyll

http://jabbat.com/Mei_Joan.html click through to see a youtube video of Mei’s 100% of Nothing is Nothing

Editing with Write to Remember’s own published writer, ghost-writer and proofreader/editor extraordinaire, Andrew Williams

 

Focus Meditation with actor, film-maker and children’s writer, Patrick McCullough

https://www.filmmakers-ink.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=83:virtual-film-camp&catid=17:locations&Itemid=101

 

 

We hope you find these short videos useful. If there are further subjects you would like to see covered or if you have any questions about our online courses,

please get in touch.

Here is some of the feedback we have had from our life-writing and memoir workshops and courses:

'Of course, it was your class which set me off. I'd never have thought of doing a memoir off my own bat, so thanks for the inspiration and for all the tips.'

 

'I had an incredibly positive experience.'

'I think the course was good value for money in that there was a lot of content and time offered and an individual tutoring session.'

 

'I thought [the course] was fantastic... I would be very interested in a follow-up session, or even a follow-up course.'

'I really enjoyed the course and have already been recommending it to friends...Thank you for your hard work and patience during it - it must be very different teaching online compared to in person. I was in awe of how you managed to stay cheerful and keep up the positive tone while giving really helpful constructive criticism.' 


'Excellent. Inspirational. Learned new skills in writing, which can be useful in other subjects. Also, I have a new desire to write more.'

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