On completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Use real life experiences as inspiration to create fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- Focus your wide range of experience into manageable pieces to create engaging writing
- Have an understanding of basic research methods and how to put your life writing into the appropriate historical and cultural context
The following topics will be covered during the course:
- Ethics of life writing. To publish, or not to publish?
- Inspiration – events, objects, people
- Examples of life writing
- Collecting memories
- Reliable and unreliable witnesses
- Using research to fill in the gaps in your knowledge
- Fiction vs non-fiction
- Memoir vs biography – my story or theirs?
- The world beyond – putting your life-writing into the wider context of history and culture