In our time, life-writing is a vibrant, diverse genre. Memoir elements inform essays and other creative non-fiction and life-writing pushes the boundaries of fiction into autofiction. We hunger for true stories.
It’s exciting to read of experience that resonates with yours and intoxicating to tell your own story. In this workshop, participants are encouraged to delve into the specifics of their experience, to learn about themselves and above all, to enjoy the thrill of crafting experience into a story. You don’t have to be a writer, but expect to come away with a short memoir, autofiction or short story based on experience.
We begin by doing the writing work of identifying themes and dramatic questions before we dive into writing. In a safe, supported environment, students are encouraged to be brave and speak their truth.
This workshop addresses blocks as they arise, with students invited to reflect on their experience and share strategies that have worked for them, discovering their strengths and weaknesses. We create a plan to complete the work, and consider publication options.
The aim is to give you the confidence and inspiration to continue writing after you walk out the door!
Madeline Oliver is a writing teacher and mentor based in Sydney. She has conducted workshops at Varuna National Writers’ House and Sydney Writers’ Festival and runs a weekly writing class. She has five years’ experience in manuscript assessment with Laurel Cohn and Associates, reading fiction, memoir and YA. Madeline loves collaborating with other writers and is one of the four writers behind The Painted Sky (Random House 2015), a novel set in outback NSW and published under the pseudonym ‘Alice Campion’. At present she’s working on a 10-part tv series set in NT the darkandstormynight.com.au
SATURDAY 10 August
10am – 4pm
Barkly Regional Arts, 65 Staunton St