Writing Memoir: Where to Start and Where to End

21st February 2024 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Online

Do you want to tell your story?

Putting real life onto a page is a process of transformation. Memoirs can pull from the span of a lifetime, so how do we decide what to share with an audience of readers? How do we take this undifferentiated mass of information and detail and character and life, and turn it into a coherent narrative? Events in our lives don't always have a beginning, middle and end – so we, as writers, have to define them. 

Memoirist and fiction writer Kirsty Logan (The Unfamiliar: A Queer Motherhood Memoir) will be guiding you through these questions and more. Through writing examples, group discussion and individual writing exercises, she'll help you explore the different ways to structure a memoir, how to figure out what you really want to say, what to include and what to leave out, what the reader does and doesn't need to be told, where to start your story, and where to end it.

This masterclass will take place online via Teams. It will also be recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you'll be able to catch-up and access the recording for up to two weeks after the event has taken place. 

Speaker profiles
Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is the award-winning author of seven books, most recently Now She is Witch, a medieval witch revenge quest. Her other novels include Things We Say in the Dark, a collection of feminist horror stories which was recently optioned for TV, The GloamingThe GracekeepersA Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. She also wrote and presented a 10-part series for BBC Radio 4, A History of Ghosts, and recently released the Audible Original The Sound at the End, an Arctic ghost story. 

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £20 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on events@writersandartists.co.uk so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. Please note, all event timings are in UK time.

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Accessible to All

  • It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all. Writers & Artists has made one bursary place available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page to find out how to apply for bursaries to the course. 

  • Flexible payment plans are available as part of our accessibility scheme

  • At the speaker's discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.

  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.

  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.

  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email AccessWA@bloomsbury.com

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