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Memoir Writing

Courses | May 2018

Some of the very best memoirs are not by famous people. Take our patron saint, 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 joy of the generations to come.

9am Coffee/tea

9.15-9.30am Welcome by Rebecca de Saintonge

9.30-11am Workshop one – Rebecca de Saintonge on Kickstarting the Memory: Unlocking the Past

11-11.15am Coffee/tea break

11.15am-12.45pm Workshop two – Lawrence Norfolk on The Sky Is Never Blue: Descriptive Writing – How to Avoid the Pitfalls

12.45-1.30pm Buffet lunch with wine

1.30-2pm Andrew Lownie on how to approach agents

2-3.30pm Workshop three – Dea Birkett on ‘He Said, She Said, I Said’: Making Dialogue Work for You

3.30-3.45pm Tea/coffee break

3.45-4.30pm Workshop four – Rebecca de Saintonge on All About Me: Creating Yourself as a CharacterTickets 

Tickets are £175 per person for a day-long course and buffet lunch with wine

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