Writing Group: Especially for Seniors! Five-photos-five-hundred: beginning your life review.

  • All participants who enrol must be fully (double) vaccinated by the class start date to be able to join classes on site (as per public health orders): 
  • NO refunds or transfers for anyone who enrols and is not fully vaccinated by the class start date


It's said that a picture tells a 1,000 words... and in this workshop you'll make a substantial start on your life-review — using guided exercises and insights to write at least 500 words per picture while learning a practical and productive writing routine. 

Our memories give us our identity and are a most fundamental inheritance from a life lived. In a fast-changing world, a well-written and engaging life-review is an important gift to yourself and a priceless legacy for family. 

While you may never really know when and where a family-historian will emerge, if you don't get your knowledge and experience down now it could well be lost treasure forever. 

In addition to learning a range of techniques around what makes great prose and story-telling, we will explore how memories are triggered, the role of collective memory, and how giving voice to one's inner-life (mixing together E.B. White's "real life" and "the life of the imagination") can help access deeper truths and tell the full story. 

Ideally participants should bring along an assortment of 8-10 photographs to choose from (in-class discussion helping to direct your selection) or you may prefer to pick your five before you come. Photographs you can handle are better than screen-only images — bring them along in their frame or battered biscuit-tin, creased or cracked or pristine... it's all part of the story. Also bring writing materials, and a snack and drink to keep you going.

What's been said about Janet’s previous courses:

“A lot of material covered - loved her energy and perspective.”

“Lots of information, lots of suggested exercises, lots of prepared sheets - very good for revision"


*During COVID: Students studying on-site at NSCC will be asked to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.



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.