Memoir & Life Writing

Wanting to turn your memories into memoir, record family history, publish your travels, post a blog...or maybe even make the leap into biography-based fiction? This course will inspire confidence and get you started as you learn how best to examine your life for 'narrative gold' and transform personal experience into publishable work. Find out where to begin and when to keep going, why the imagination supports truth, how selection determines story structure, what makes great prose and which elements of craft underpin art... In-class tasks and regular homework assignments will help you develop your own practical and productive writing routine. Bring writing materials and something to eat with you.

Tutor: Janet Fennell

Janet is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, reviewer, essayist and poet who has an MA in Writing and has been teaching creative writing for more than 15 years. Her short stories (general fiction, romance, science-fiction) have appeared in various magazines and newspapers (eg. Woman’s Day, The West Australian) and her novel ‘Only Myself’ was published by HarperCollins. Janet studied English & Communication (BA), Librarianship (DipLib) and Writing (MA) at university, as well as script - writing at the AFTRS, and spent many years working in library management, public relations and corporate communications (including speech - writing) before turning to fiction and teaching. Janet runs her courses, seminars and workshops independently as well as through libraries and community centres and as an occasional guest presenter at universities. She was born in the UK, spent her adolescence in NZ, and, following a period of travelling the world, moved to Australia in 1989. Apart from books and writing, Janet’s other passions include the arts, wildlife and conservation, travel and gardening. She divides her time between Sydney and the Blue Mountains where she currently lives and where the play and novel she is writing are set.