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Real lives, real stories: a boot camp for writing life stories

Melbourne Library Service

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Have you ever wanted to share your personal story, but didn’t know how?
If you have, then this course is for you.
Over four, linked, two-and-a-half-hour sessions, you will be guided through a process that will help you to understand the life writing form, what your style is and who might read your work.
You will also make connections with other local writers and discover some of the really useful resources all writers need.

Themes include:
Exploring fiction and non-fiction; Reading as a writer; Identifying your audience; Getting your head around research; Defining and managing your project; Style and structure; Finding support networks and resources.

What to expect:
There will be opportunities to share your work, listen to presentations and work in small groups.
You may be asked to finish some tasks at home.
To get the best out of the course, you will need to be able to attend all four sessions.

What to bring:
•    pen and paper (or electronic versions) to take notes.
•    a solid idea for your project.
•    some of your writing (optional).
•    examples of personal stories that you love (optional).
•    your enthusiasm.

Please note, this is not a class for those who wish to learn English as an additional language.

About the presenter:
Marie Alafaci is published across adult fiction and non-fiction, in long and short forms and also writes for children. Her 1999 title, Savage Cows & Cabbage Leaves an Italian Life, received an honourable mention in the Royal Historical Society Community History Awards, and was a finalist in the Italy in the World awards. It was also on The Age bestsellers list in its first month of publication.
Marie has taught non-fiction for the Professional Writing & Editing Diploma course at Holmesglen TAFE and co-runs a manuscript assessment business, Bedlam Books. She is also the Victorian Development officer for the Australian Society of Authors.

Meeting Room, North Melbourne Library

On Saturdays, 26 July, 23 August, 20 September, 18 October from 1pm to 3.30pm.

For more information: contact Fiona at North Melbourne Library, 9658 9700.

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North Melbourne Library
66 Errol Street
North Melbourne, VIC

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