Meditating on Memoir

Yvonne Louis wrote her memoir with help from Jan’s meditative writing techniques

Writing the stories of your life – if you don’t do it, who will?

Do you want to write a travel memoir, a food adventure, a family history or simply reflect on some of life’s important moments?

Perhaps you are working on memoir based fiction, taking characters you have met in real life and placing them in a fictional setting.
In this workshop series you will have the opportunity to receive instruction, guidance and support on your life story or memoir based writing project.
Visualization, guided meditations and timed writing exercises will take you deep into sense memory, as you learn how to evoke the setting, characters and narrative arc which will bring your memoir to life.
Experimenting with creative methods for gathering your material and structuring your story, you will find that the craft and skill of memoir writing and memoir based fiction is within your reach.
There will be an opportunity each week to receive feedback on your work and weekly tasks to complete, allowing you to use the four week period to make serious inroads into your memoir project.
Open to writers of all genres at all levels of experience.

Next workshop TBC.

TURNING MEMORY INTO MEMOIR (run at NSW Writers Centre in 2014/15)

Do you have a lifetime of stories to tell, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to turn memories into memoir by accessing your authentic writer’s voice and bringing to the page the stories and characters you know so well.  Using meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into sense memory, where you can discover how to create the descriptive detail needed to bring your stories to life. You need a few other things too, like a strong narrator voice and an ability to turn ‘the ordinary’ into ‘the extraordinary’ – it’s all possible with a little bit of help. Use this opportunity to kickstart your memoir and by the end of the course you can have the tools, confidence and discipline to continue writing a full memoir, collection of stories or memoir based works.

More info and bookings HERE

A number of first time writers attending Jan’s memoir workshops have  gone on to publish with major publishing houses.  They include Marguerite Van Geldermalsen, Married To A Bedouin (Virago); Anne Lovell, Connie’s Secret (Allen & Unwin) Margaret Wilcox, Gone (Penguin); Catherine Therese, The Weight Of Silence (Hachette Livre); Walter Mason, Destination Saigon (Allen & Unwin); Yvonne Louis, A Brush with Mondrian (Murdoch); Mary DelahuntyPublic Life Private Grief, (Hardie Grant), Niromi de Soya, Tamil Tigress(Allen & Unwin), Hilary Linstead,Elizabeth Davies, Growing Old Outrageously (Allen&Unwin); Raymond Hawkins, The Electronic Swagman (Halstead Press).