Everybody has a story to tell, no matter how ordinary or extraordinary your life may seem. The contemporary memoir is an incredibly popular literary form, but to captivate a reader your story must also carry the finesse of fiction.
This weekend course will teach you how to focus your life story, giving it structure, purpose and literary credibility by casting yourself as the central character. By studying the memoir in all its forms from misery to celebrity, diaries to letters, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to share your story with the world.
What is (not) memoir? - Brief history of memoir as literary form
Damian Barr is an author, journalist and the host of the infamous Literary Salon at Shoreditch House.
He has written his own memoir Maggie and Me, and is author of Get It Together: A Guide to Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis, featured on Richard & Judy, and has co-written two plays for BBC Radio 4.
He has been a journalist for over ten years writing for The Times, the Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Evening Standard and Granta.
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