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Memoir Writing

Mumsnet Academy

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

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Course Description

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's Included

Saturday Morning

What is (not) memoir? - Brief history of memoir as literary form

 
Who is (not) the memoirist? - Your right to tell your story, moral questions
 
What is (not) your story?- Defining parameters, the beginning, middle and the end, you as the central character, place, voice, revisiting your past.
 
Lunch break task - write the cover copy for your memoir OR the first two pages 250 words max
 
Saturday Afternoon
 
Read our work aloud and edit as group. Damian will discuss his own cover copy and share the various drafts.
 
Sunday Morning
 
Constructing a proposal for your memoir
 
Explanation of the Editing Process for Publication inc Legal Edits.
 
Sunday Afternoon
 
Damian in conversation with another leading memoir writer to include questions from the audience.
 

Tutor Details

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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When & Where


Mumsnet HQ, 6 Deane House Studios
Greenwood Place
NW5 London
United Kingdom

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM (GMT)


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Mumsnet Academy

So what is this Academy thing?

We're very excited to be launching The Mumsnet Academy - a brand new enterprise which aims to curate a portfolio of fantastic courses to fit around family commitments and busy working lives. 

A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your  responses.

To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.

This collaborative approach allows us to offer a programme across a range of different subjects including entrepreneurship, business, technology, social media, blogging, history of art, creative writing, publishing, gardening, philosophy, finance, fashion as well as courses concerned with self-improvement and the concept of learning to live wisely and well. Some of these courses will be skill-based, while others will explore concepts, theory and ideas.

If we've missed something you think is a must, fear not, we will be adding classes to our portfolio all the time so please drop us a line or complete the suggestion box on our website.

One of the things that we felt was important was to ensure our Academy courses are available across the UK and we are pleased to announce that we will be running events in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester from day one. We are also keen to develop some online courses and hope to announce the first of these later this year.
 
While our courses are scheduled at times which are more convenient for those with young children, they are absolutely open to everyone. Ultimately, the overall aim of the Mumsnet Academy is to bring people together in a thought-provoking and fulfilling environment where there is a universal willingness to explore ideas, develop skills, and learn from experts as well from each other.

For more information about the Mumsnet Academy, please contact us at academy@mumsnet.com.
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