Writing Short Memoir Pieces (For Publication)

In writing a memoir, we use our words to pin memories to a page, allowing us to explore connections, often resulting in meaning and understanding which can be shared with family, friends and perhaps the world. While an autobiography covers an entire life, a memoir covers a shorter period, usually capturing a theme or series of moments. Everyone has one story worthy of sharing with others. In this class, the aim is for everyone to commence work on an 800 -1000 word memoir piece. After class, writers will be encouraged to continue working and ideally submit it to a competition.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Select a snippet from your life that will interest others – if unsure, cues will be provided. After this two hour class, all writers will be encouraged to continue working on this piece of writing (800-1000 words) and submit it to a competition such as the Reader’s Digest’s free monthly My Story competition which has a $400 prize or the NSW’s Seniors Anthology.
  • Draft your story using the stream of consciousness writing concept to initiate and grow ideas. This helps writers to remember more, allowing the story to blossom naturally.
  • Craft your story by adopting ‘show, don’t tell’ techniques to ensure the words engage and resonate with the reader. Where possible, these concepts include using remembered pieces of dialogue (or as ‘true to life’ as possible) while incorporating more of the five senses i.e. smell, taste, touch, sight and sound.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Submit a 800-1000 word piece to the Reader’s Digest My Story competition (or another competition such as the NSW’s Seniors Anthology).
  2. Know the difference between ‘telling’ and ‘showing’ a story.
  3. Develop an awareness of where to find writing help and competitions.
  4. Contact proofreaders/editors and publishers.
$39 Limited

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