Memoir: a taster at the British Library

Course Dates: 24/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: OS - Off Site
Tutors:

Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This exciting new partnership with the British Library guides students who are just starting to plan and craft a memoir.

Description

What is the course about?

Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. Learn all about where to start your personal story and the techniques that will make your writing shine. Students will have the opportunity to explore parts of the British Library catalogue for inspiration.

What will we cover?

- Where to start your story.
- Language techniques that work well in the genre.
- Structural techniques that work well in the genre.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select an appropriate starting point for your memoir.
- Develop an engaging opening to your memoir.
- Understand language and structural techniques that work well in the genre.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Although this is an introductory course, it would be useful for students to have working knowledge of language techniques used in creative writing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

As this course is off-site, students will receive further logistical information from the writing department a week before the course begins.

Students will be guided through a mix of pair work, group work, formal instruction from the tutor, writing exercises and workshopping.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of courses on autobiographical writing. For more information browse the writing section of our website.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
Julie Garton

Julie studied at the University of Essex, the Central School of Speech and Drama and Dartington College. She has written several plays for young audiences for, amongst others, the Unicorn Theatre for Children. She currently writes articles about landscape, heritage and nature. Julie won the 2014 British Czech and Slovak creative writing prize for her personal essay about the Czech Poet and dissident Ivan Blatny.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HW130

Sun, day, 24 Nov - 24 Nov '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £69.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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