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Life writing: A masterclass with Hadley Freeman

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Guardian columnist and author of House of Glass Hadley Freeman leads this interactive and informative workshop that will demonstrate how you can draw on the experiences of yourself or your family to write a book.

Like many others, you may have been using the past several months to dig deeper into your family history, unearthing previously unknown anecdotes from a grandparent or discovering a collection of photographs from a time long past.

If you’re looking to immortalise your findings in ink and turn your family history - or even your personal history - into a book, this masterclass with The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman will unlock the creative and research skills required for crafting a compelling narrative and drawing on your origins for inspiration.

Hadley’s latest book, House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family, is the result of a two-decade-long quest to discover the extraordinary life of her grandmother and her siblings. In this interactive workshop, she will guide you through how to touch on key themes in your writing, how to balance life with writing, and how to better understand the ethics of writing about your family.

You will complete this masterclass with the necessary skills for writing about something extremely personal to you, which you can also transfer into biography and non-fiction writing.

This online workshop is part of our new autumn programme of digital masterclasses that we are offering. To help you go back to school with a fresh perspective, we are offering a very limited supply of introductory tickets for each event, discounted up to 20% - once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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  • Family history: how to draw on it for your writing
  • Exploring themes, from illness and childhood to places of interest and political moments
  • Whether the life or the writing is more important in life writing
  • Crafting unique narratives
  • The ethics of writing about your family

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Hadley Freeman has been a staff writer for The Guardian for 20 years and she has also been a contributor to both UK and US Vogue. Her fourth book, House of Glass, was published in March.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6.30pm (BST).

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

6.30pm BST | 7.30pm CEST | 10.30am PDT | 1.30pm EDT

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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