Creative Writing Courses: Life writing

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This is Your Life: A Six-Week Memoir and Life Writing Course

If you would like to get started on a memoir, then come and join This Is Your Life – a six-week creative writing course in memoir and Life Writing.
There are two courses on offer:
This is Your Life I, aimed at writers who are starting out.
This is Your Life II, aimed at writers who have already embarked on some form of life writing or memoir.

Led by author, editor and journalist Genevieve Fox, the six-week courses will get you stuck into life writing and wonder why you didn’t start earlier. Or, in the case of those who have started their memoir, or autobiographical narrative – whether that’s a collection of fragments and poems, of photographs and writings, or a treatment of journals, they will learn techniques to improve their work and see it through to finished manuscript.
The atmosphere of the courses is dynamic and supportive, and each group is limited to eight writers.

This Is Your Life I
Aimed at beginners, this practical creative writing course combines an overview of non-narrative fiction and different forms of life writing, from journals to memoirs, with writing exercises every week. The focus is on memoir. Writers will be invited to submit their work and receive critical feedback.

Course outline
• Week 1: An introduction to life writing A history of memoir, our motives for writing memoir and a hands-on look at your first chapter.
• Week 2: Truth or lie? How fact and fiction merge in memoir and the role – and risks – of memory in life-writing.
• Week 3: Confessional writing: when less is more. Can personal stories be universal ones? If not, why not?
• Week 4: Trust me, I’m telling you a story. How to be honest, without revealing everything, and how to write a compelling narrative that keeps the reader hooked.
• Week 5: Object lesson in memorable life-writing: how to use aide memoires to trigger memories.
• Week 6: I’ve started, so I’ll finish. The importance of self-belief, how to finish a first draft, writers’ tips on successful memoir writing.

When: Monday October 2 2017 until Monday 13 November 2017 (includes a break for half-term on Monday 23 October).
What time: 7pm – 9.00pm
Where: Tufnell Park (address on application)
Cost: £175 for the full six-week course. Concessions available.

This Is Your Life II
Aimed at writers who have already put pen to paper and explored creative writing, This Is Your Life II teaches life writing through weekly critical feedback of students’ submissions, combined with close textual analysis of key texts by other authors and writing exercises designed to improve technique. Close attention is paid to structure and thematic development.

Course outline for This Is Your Life II available by emailing

When: Wednesday October 4 2017 until Wednesday 15 November 2017 (includes a break for half-term on Wednesday 25 October).
What time: 7pm – 9.00pm
Where: Tufnell Park (address on application)
Cost: £175 for the full six-week course. Concessions available.

Places are limited. To book your place, or for further information, email Genevieve at or call 07973 300276