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Life Writing with Rosemary Stevens
18 July @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until 22 August 2020
Do you have a story to tell based on your own life or family history? How can you capture these moments and bring them vividly to life?
Back for the fifth time, this popular 7-week course offers an intimate, safe and relaxed environment in which to begin, or reinvigorate, your life story. What form will the story take? How should you tell it? Where to begin and end? These questions are some of the threads that will be teased out and woven into the unique pattern that is your story.
Participants will start with small, manageable details accessed through the five senses, and combine creative imagination with memory and research to unlock character, narrative and theme. The final week will give you a crash course on everything you need to know about publishing with Director and Publisher, Caroline Wood of Margaret River Press.
The course will run from 10am on each Saturday between 11 July and 22 August.
11 July – Week 1: The value of sensuous detail. Exercises to demonstrate the use of all 5 senses. This helps access memories more fully, leading to vivid writing.
18 July – Week 2: Storytelling: Scene, summary and reflection. How to integrate these three essential elements to tell a good story, whether memoir, biography or family history.
25 July – Week 3: Brainstorming: Through the use of simple techniques we will discover connections between fragments of information and memory, turning them into coherent stories.
1 August – Week 4: Sketching a scene. Using old photographs and memorabilia, we will recreate the past, exploring the fine line between fact and fiction as we use our imagination to bring places and people to life.
8 August – Week 5: Character: Exercises for the authentic portrayal of character; one of the most important aspects of your story, whose relationships and actions create narrative drive.
15 August – Week 6: An introduction to structure. Exercises to demonstrate the many ways of shaping a story: where to begin and how to end. Review and previews: bringing it all together.
22 August – Week 7: Everything you need to know about publishing with Caroline Wood, Publisher and Director of Margaret River Press and Co-Founder of Centre for Stories.