An Introduction to the Memoir

12-week online writing course

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Do you want to tell your own story? Life stories have resonance for others and are a gift to be shared. In this course led by Monique Roffey, winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2020 for The Mermaid of Black Conch, you will develop an understanding of the how memoirs are put together, and the ways shame and taboo might hold you back from writing.

You'll be exposed to a wide variety of memoirs told through a range of forms – from memoirs written in first person, or even second person point of view, to memoirs told in snapshots, experimental montage, and even graphic memoirs. A substantial portion of the texts used in this course will be written by non-professional writers, so, whether you've got previous writing experience or not, you'll find work written by people easily relatable.

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