Start Your Life Story


a one-day life writing workshop with Australia’s leading mentor of memoir writers

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A practical and inspiring one day Life Writing workshop for those who want to write the story of their own life, led by Patti Miller, Australia’s leading mentor of memoir writers.

Venue: d’AIRY CReATivE 

Cost: $250

Dates: 23 May, 10 – 4pm

Further information: contact Patti on 0404 506 423 or

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The Life Writing course is designed for people who want to write the story of their own life. It is practical and inspiring course, with some reading and discussion and lots of writing exercises in an encouraging, creative and friendly atmosphere. It will help develop ways of getting started and continuing on, of accessing memory and of creating the texture of lived experience on the page.  It is open to everyone, beginners or more experienced writers.

The workshop will explore:

  • how to get started in your life story
  • how to access memory
  • how to bring your writing alive with lively detail
  • how to reconstruct the 3D feel of life on the page
  • experiment with writing possibilities in a series of exercises
  • read and discuss extracts from autobiographies
  • explore the vast and exciting territory of memoir writing

Students should come ready to both write and to listen to others writing. Everyone will read their exercises in a welcoming, supportive and friendly environment.

Materials: Participants will need to bring their own writing materials (iPad or paper and pen). Each participant will be given a copy of Writing True Stories.

Tutor: Patti Miller grew up on Wiradjuri land in central western NSW. She is the author of  nine books, including Australia’s best-selling life writing texts, Writing Your Life,  The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories  (A&U) as well as a novel Child (A&U) and five memoir/narrative non-fiction books, The Last One Who Remembers (A&U) Whatever The Gods Do (Random House), the critically acclaimed The Mind of a Thief, (UQP) long and short-listed for a number of prizes, winner of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Prize for History, Ransacking Paris (UQP) and The Joy of High Places (NewSouth)  She writes personal essays and articles and is published regularly in national newspapers, magazines and literary and art journals. She has been teaching life writing around Australia since the first course at Varuna Writers Centre in 1991, and gives workshop in Paris and London each year. She gives, talks, seminars and workshops at festivals and writers centres around Australia.

Miller’s teaching draws naturally on her own experience as a writer.  The classes are warm and friendly and everyone will write several pieces during the class. Miller also works on manuscripts, more than fifty of which have been commercially published, including Vicky Laveau-Harvie’s Stella prize-winning, The Erratics, Jenny Kee’s A Big Life and Jessica Rowe’s  Is This My Beautiful Life. 


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