Memoir Intensive with Patti Miller, ACT Writers Centre, Saturday, 28. March 2020

This workshop is for people who have already made a start on their memoir/creative non-fiction manuscript.
An intensive 4-hour workshop covering 

The difficulties of truth-telling, 
The borderlands between memoir and fiction 
Structural trouble-shooting. 

Is it possible to tell the truth andkeep your family, friends and dignity relatively intact?  Does everything have to be revealed? How far can a writer go in creating life-like situations?  Can anything be invented in memoir?    And what are the main pitfalls in structuring a memoir – a more importantly, how do I avoid them? 
 We will look at the very real reasons for avoiding the truth, navigate the borderlands with fiction, explore ways of telling the truth and surviving – and find ways to sort out structural problems.  This workshop offers creative guidance and writing exercises. We will not be looking at individual manuscripts, but discussing some of the issues and offering creative and practical solutions.

About the Expert

Patti Miller grew up on Wiradjuri land in central western NSW. She is the author of nine books, including Australia’s best-selling life writing texts, Writing Your Life, TheMemoir Bookand Writing True Stories  (A&U) as well as a novelChild(A&U) and five memoir/narrative non-fiction books, The Last One Who Remembers (A&U) Whatever The Gods Do (Random House), the critically acclaimed The Mind of a Thief, (UQP) long and short-listed for a number of prizes, winner of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Prize for History, Ransacking Paris(UQP) and The Joy of High Places(NewSouth)  She writes personal essays and articles and is published regularly in national newspapers, magazines and literary and art journals. She has been teaching life writing around Australia since its beginning at Varuna Writers Centre in 1991, and gives workshop in Paris and London each year. She presents the Faber Academy memoir course in Sydney and gives talks, seminars and workshops at festivals and writers centres around Australia. For more information see:  

About the venue
Harry Hartog Booksellers' ANU store, 153-11 University Avenue:

This Harry Hartog ANU store is located just beside the Kambri Precinct. Please just be aware that it is a very new building, and will not show up very accurately on Google Maps. Please refer to the map in the link above to help you find your way. The Harry Hartog ANU phone number is: 0477091650.
There are an array of cafes serving coffee and lunch options close by, and they are all open on Saturdays (tea, coffee, hot water, milk and biscuits are provided by the ACTWC.) The Harry Hartog team are happy to have you place some food in their fridge, and use their microwave, should you wish to bring your lunch.
Toilets are located just outside the Harry Hartog store, just a few metres away in the Kambri building.
The closest parking to the store is an underground carpark directly below Harry Hartog (with stairs or public lift access to ground level. Staff at Harry Hartog can provide swipe-pass lift access from ground level to the upper level of their store, where the workshop will be held.) Due to the newness of the precinct, this car park isn't clearly marked in maps. To find it, drive down Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive) and follow signage to the Drill Hall Gallery/Drill Hall Gallery parking. Follow Kingsley Street straight down to its culmination in an underground carpark and you will have the correct one. We recommend this parking option for people who cannot or do not wish to cover much ground to the workshop venue. It costs $5 for the whole day on a Saturday. Parking at Llewellyn Hall is a short stroll away.

Saturday, 28. March 2020, ACT Writers Centre, Memoir Intensive with Patti Miller

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