You’ve got a true story to tell, now what? What is the relationship between memoir and self-interrogation? What do you think you’re writing, and what are you really writing? How can free-writing help you get a first draft down on the page? How might we write towards truth? This workshop will allow us to explore these questions together, and help you form a regular three-part routine of writing, reading and editing.
What to expect
3 x 1.5 hour sessions over Zoom
Session 1: free-writing
‘Free writing’ as a tool for moving towards emotional truth
Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones
2 x short free-writing exercise
Opportunity for some students to get feedback on their work
Session 2: self-interrogation
Discussion about writing routines and accountability
Strategies for dealing with self-doubt
Self-interrogation: Vivian Gornick’s The Situation and the Story
Session 3: editing towards truth
Discussion about boundaries, time management and writers block
Chloe Higgins writes about death, sex, love, and how she feels about her mother. Chloe is the Director of Wollongong Writers Festival, and a member of the Finishing School Collective based in Parramatta. The Girls, a memoir about family, grief and sexuality, is her debut and was recently announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.