Everybody has a story to tell. This workshop will help you find that story and give you tools to write it. You can bring a project you’re already working on or come and see where the pen takes you.
‘No-one is boring if they tell the truth.’ Quentin Crisp
Telling our story and hearing others’ is an integral part of being human. But ‘telling our story’ is often challenging and elusive and finding the right story can be the hardest part of writing it. Is the story we want to tell really the story we need to tell? Where do we start? What do we put in and what do we leave out? Is memory reliable? What is the difference between the ‘truth’ and the ‘facts’? What if our truth differs from those around us? How can we reconstruct events and conversations, which often took place many years ago? And how do we write honestly about our life without hurting those closest to us?
You might simply want to put your life story on paper for family and friends. Or you might have a deep need to explore and heal issues from your past. Or perhaps there is one theme or period of your life you’d like to explore. Using practical writing exercises and constructive feedback in a supportive environment, this workshop will help you focus on the story you want to tell.
Many rules of fiction also apply to memoir and utilising these can help make the people, places and important life events come alive on the page. Importantly, we will also address the ethical and moral issues involved in writing truthfully about your life.
You can bring a project you’re already working on or see where your pen takes you. You will do a lot of writing and leave with tools to continue unraveling your story.
Alan Close’s most recent book is Before You Met Me: A Memoir Of One Man’s Troubled Search For Love. He has written widely on men and relationships in the national print media and edited the anthology Men Love Sex, a collection of stories and essays by men about love, sex and relationships. He lives in Mullumbimby with the writer Sarah Armstrong and their young daughter. He edits manuscripts and is a writing mentor and teacher, face-to-face and online.
Date: Monday 30 July Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Where: Habitat Byron Bay, 1 Porter Street (off Bayshore Drive), Byron Bay Cost: $120 General / $100 Members