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Event Details

  • Date:20 Aug 2022

  • Time:10:00am - 11:30am (Australia/Melbourne)

  • Location: Online

Have you always dreamt of writing your life story? Maybe you'd like to leave a legacy for your family, or you’d like to make sure your story gets told in your own words. Perhaps the idea of being a small part of history is important to you but you just don't know how to get started.

Vision Australia Library is delighted to once again present Write Your Life, facilitated by Writer’s Victoria, where you'll learn about the ingredients you need and the methods you can use to tell the story of your life.

In a small group, you will have the opportunity to develop your memoir and seek feedback from your peers and experienced writers. Over six sessions you will be guided to get your experiences on paper, hone your story writing skills, and format and edit your writing.

Our workshops will be facilitated by an amazing range of published authors covering a different aspect of the writing process.

The Write Your Life series will be held over six weeks, on Saturday and Tuesday mornings. You can choose to register for either the Saturday or Tuesday series. Registration is for six weekly sessions on your chosen day.

These workshops are all free to attend. Your own data or call charges may apply.

Dates and times:

Saturdays 10.00am AEST – 11.30 AEST: August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24

Tuesdays 10.00am AEST – 11.30 AEST: August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27

Additional Information:

Session 1: Safety and self-care for memoir writers

David Roland, Saturday August 20 and Tuesday August 23, 10-11.30am 

Session 2: Life writing: The Self and Others as Characters

Sian Prior, Saturday August 27 and Tuesday August 30, 10-11.30am

Sometimes it’s assumed that while fiction involves ‘characters’, non-fiction involves ‘people’. But in life writing we can use many of the same creative techniques to bring real people to life that novelists use – even when the main ‘character’ is the writer. It’s all about using the information you’ve gathered through your research, using specific details, and using your imagination. In this workshop we’ll learn how to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell about’ a character’s personality and emotions.

Session 3: Putting the Story in Life Story

Amra Pajalic, Saturday September 3 and Tuesday September 6, 10-11.30am

Without structure, a memoir is just a list of events that happen to a person. In order to transform life into literature, it’s necessary to develop a story that ties these events together. In this workshop, we will look at structure and story on a range of levels. We will delve into structuring stand-alone chapters and developing satisfying narrative arcs across books.

Session 4: Bringing a Larger Theme to Your Life Story

Anna Spargo-Ryan, Saturday September 10 and Tuesday September 13, 10-11.30am

Sharing our life stories is an act of courage and compassion. We can extend their impact by going beyond the personal. In this course, we’ll look at how to introduce wider issues into your story and weave them through the narrative of your life.

Session 5: The Stories We Tell

Lyndel Caffrey, Saturday September 17 and Tuesday September 20, 10-11.30am 

How many ways are there to tell your story? The Stories We Tell is a memoir writing workshop that examines how we write our lives, and the way famous and not-so-famous memoirists have shaped their stories. Including discussion of your own projects, this workshop will help you deepen your understanding of the story you have to tell, and how to tell it.

Session 6: Organising Ideas in Memoir

Lee Kofman, Saturday September 24 and Tuesday September 27, 10-11.30am  

Human lives are complex, tangled, multidimensional. The memoir writer’s job is not to tidy up such complexity, but to ‘slice’ it into various stories that would be compelling for readers and less daunting for the writer to work with. How do we decide which of our stories are the ones for the telling? How do we know where to focus and where to cull? Which aspects of our lives to emphasise and dramatise, and which to keep in the background? In this workshop we’ll cast a close look at our lives, find those stories most worth telling and discuss how to approach writing them without getting overwhelmed.