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Tastings in the Art of Memoir Writing with Biff Ward

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E Block Seminar Room

Gorman Arts Centre

55 Ainslie Avenue

Braddon, ACT 2612

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Learn the secrets of compelling memoir and life writing.

Tastings is an intensive one-day immersion in the Why, What, How and What If of memoir writing.

A ‘memoir’ is a slice of your life. It can focus on any aspect of your life experience, interest, knowledge. Memoir is about you and how you were affected or changed by the matter you describe in your memoir.

  • Identify the core message of your memoir.

  • Identify your major themes.

  • What assistance do you need with the writing of it?

  • Survey the elements of fiction-writing – dialogue, setting, character, plot, sensory awareness – in relation to your memoir.

  • Experiment with the use of ‘voice’ and find the voice you need for this project,

  • Write some pieces that will become part of your memoir.

You will end the day with several newly-written pieces and a list of techniques to apply to your writing project.

About the Tutor

Biff Ward is the author of the literary memoir, In My Mother’s Hands, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Literary Prize for non-fiction 2015 and the WA Premier’sPrize 2016, long-listed for The Stella Prize 2015 and winner of the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award 2014 for non-fiction.

In 1984, her ground-breaking book, Father-Daughter Rape, one of the first in the world about child sexual abuse, was published in the UK and the US. It went on into several editions and was widely used as a text in the field.
Biff was on the selection panel for Varuna Fellowships, 2013-15. Teaching creative writing is an activity which she enjoys exceedingly.

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