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How to write a memoir and get it published

Courses | February 2020

Some of the very best memoirs are not by celebrities. Take our patron saint, the late Jeremy Lewis, the former deputy editor of The Oldie and a Grub Street Irregular. He chronicled his career – the run-ins with writers, agents, publishers and book people – in three volumes which were described by the likes of John Carey as a ‘sheer pleasure from start to finish’.

Judging by the volume of submissions to our Memory Lane column, our readers also have a few tales to tell, from encounters with wartime heroes to the day-to-day. Now’s the time to turn those 500-word submissions into something more substantial.

With the help of Rebecca de Saintonge, a co-founder of LifeLines Press, who has run several writing courses with The Oldie, we will arm you with the tools to get that memoir written and published – for the delight of generations to come.

9.15-9.30 Welcome – Harry Mount

9.30-11.00 What, me? The challenge of writing about ourselves with Rebecca de Saintonge

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 Placing yourself in the landscape with the novelist Karin Altenberg

12.45-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.00 Literary agent Andrew Lownie on How to approach an agent

2.00-3.30 ‘He said, she said, I said’ – the art of dialogue with writer and Oldie contributor Dea Birkett

3.30-3.45Tea break

3.45-4.30 Harry Mount on Writing a travel memoir


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