Patti Miller

8 May 2021

Location Club Taree

Time 10 – 4 pm

Cost Members $150 Non-members $170

On Sale 1 April 2021

The Art and Craft of Life Writing

A  Workshop by Patti Miller

This intimate full-day workshop is packed to the rafters with useful tools and information to build your knowledge of this creative non-fiction genre.

Presenter – Patti Miller

Patti Miller: author of The Last One Who Remembers, (A&U) Whatever The Gods Do, (Random House) the award-winning The Mind of a Thief, Ransacking Paris, (UQP) Child, (A&U) and best-selling texts, Writing Your Life, The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories (originally A&U, now Routledge). Her latest, ‘The Joy of High Places’, (NewSouth) was published in 2019. Patti also publishes in national newspapers and journals and teaches memoir writing at universities, Faber Academy, Writers’ Centres, and in Paris and London. She is Australia’s most successful memoir teacher with more than 50 students commercially published.

In this workshop we will look at:
  • How to get started in your life story
  • How to access vivid memory
  • How to bring your writing alive with lively detail
  • Experiment with writing possibilities in a series of exercises
  • Read and discuss extracts from autobiographies
  • Explore the vast and exciting territory of memoir writing
Learning outcomes:
  • Be able to access ‘original’ memory with precise techniques
  • Create the texture of place and people on the page
  • Know how to write vivid lively detail
  • Be able to create the ‘lived’ feel of life on the page
  • Begin the process of structuring the journey of a life
  • Understand the possibilities of the genre
  • Gain the confidence and courage to keep writing
  • Understand life writing as a craft rather than an outpouring

Grab a copy of Writing True Stories to enrich the workshop experience.