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Course Details

  • Start Date: 18/05/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 270 AUD

Memoir Writing Course with Eileen Casey

Intermediate Creative Writing Course

Memoir Writing Course In Australia | The Writing Quarter

Do you have a personal experience that you wish to tell, but don’t know where to start? Our Memoir Writing Course with Eileen Casey provides the nuts and bolts for piecing together your story.

Each module is accompanied by writing assignments and weekly written feedback. You’ll explore memory, structure and vital elements that make up a compelling memoir, as well as how to get it published.

By the end of the six weeks, you’ll have explored a variety of tools and put them to practise. Our online memoir writing courses also introduce a range of memoir writers to inspire and encourage your own work. Please note that this course is for adults.

Course Information
Price: $270
Start Date: 18th May 2022 – FULL

Our creative writing courses are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

All of the individual modules in this online memoir writing course are accompanied by writing assignments. Your tutor will provide you with weekly written feedback on your assignments.

Students will receive an email booking confirmation within 48 hours of payment. If you do not see this email, please check your Spam/Junk folder.

Outline of our Memoir Writing Course

Week One: The Genre of Memoir

To begin, you’ll be introduced to memoir as a popular genre, particularly with regard to the twin elements: conflict and suspense.

Writing a personal story can be simplicity itself, yet the memoir form has the potential to reveal complex interpretations of the human psyche. Various techniques and approaches will be explored to let your unique style and personality shine through.

Week Two: Who are YOU anyway?

How do you feel about yourself as a character? The second module of this memoir course focuses on the ability, or not, to be scrupulously honest.

It pays to listen to the insistent whispers of what is worth remembering. You’ll explore various and intriguing entry points to memory, a word Northern Ireland writer, John Hewitt described as ‘loaded’.

Week Three: Structure and Timeline

Next, you’ll learn the many and various ways a memoir can be shaped together with the timeline(s) it inhabits. After all, a memoir is a window into a life.

Framing memoir with deliberate precision ensures that there is nothing random or casual about the chosen material. What to leave out is often far more important than what to leave in!

Week Four: Emotion, Dialogue, Setting and Theme

The fourth module of our online memoir writing course is directed towards vital elements which support and enhance the memoir structure.

A balance of light and shade ensures a blend that is atmospheric, sensually invigorating and aesthetically elegant.

Week Five: The Last Property Bureau

Researching the past ensures a richly textured backdrop for your memoir. The devil is in the detail and the authenticating detail is paramount with memoir.

This module will help you excavate the past and find those hidden historical gems. Doing the required ‘homework’ is not just about writing every day, it’s also about having a healthy, investigative curiosity.

Week Six: Memoir Markets

Finally, you’ll learn about getting your memoir published. Memoir outlets are many and varied, so it’s important to know which market suits your story.

It’s time to get yours into the hands of hungry readers.

 

‘Thank you for your course, your enthusiasm and your encouragement. I’ve undertaken a number of online courses, but yours has caused a seismic shift in my thinking and approach. Your stimulus material has invigorated my reading; I’ve made writing a daily habit (which I now love) and I’ve found the memoir form a source of creative pleasure.’ – Monica

To find out more about how our online memoir writing courses work, visit our FAQ page.

You can also email us at [email protected]

Please view our cancellation/refund policy before booking.

About The Tutor

Eileen Casey is a poet, fiction writer and journalist and holds an M.Phil in Creative Writing. Her work is widely published in outlets such as The Moth, Verbal Arts Magazine, County Lines: Portrait of a County (New Island); The Ulster Tatler, Ice (Pighog Press), The Irish Times, The Jelly Bucket, The Coffee House, among others. Recent awards include a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship and a Hennessy Literary Award (Emerging Fiction). She also won the The Francis Ledwidge Award, The Moore Medallion and The Oliver Goldsmith International Poetry Prize. Her debut poetry collection ‘Drinking the Colour Blue’ (New Island) was published in 2008.‘Snow Shoes’ (Arlen House), a debut collection of short stories was published in 2012 and in 2014, Eileen’s collection of memoir essays ‘A Fascination with Fabric,’ was published (Arlen House). She was a visiting writer on the 2011 Eastern Kentucky University Winter Residency, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Course Details

  • Start Date: 18/05/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 270 AUD

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