INTRODUCTION

Need help, guidance, a structured approach to whip your memoirs into shape or a guide to begin writing them - then this is the course for you!

This course is designed to stimulate, organise and craft your writing and develop an ability to write based on personal experience and with literary purpose. The aim is not necessarily to come away with a full-length memoir under your belt but it will point you in the right direction by focusing on elements of the genre including characterisation, plot, dialogue and description that you can build upon. Most importantly it will make space in your life for writing.

By the end of these 8 modules, you will have conducted a body of research pertinent to the events and time you wish to explore and you will have built up a collection of pieces which have been critically reviewed and will serve as a structure for a full length memoir.

Each module focuses on an element of memoir writing and the exercises that follow are designed to isolate and work on that particular writing muscle. Your tutor’s role is to act as a sounding board and editor, highlighting areas of strength and offering objective advice to develop your skill. This one-to-one approach means that you are actively encouraged to seek a dialogue with the tutor who may in turn suggest you work on specific assignments outside of the modules presented here.