Kickstart Your Memoir Writing with Darryl Dymock

Kickstart Your Memoir Writing with Darryl Dymock

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$35 – $115

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Queensland Writers Centre

State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place

South Brisbane, QLD 4101


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Everyone has stories about their life. This workshop will give you the impetus you've always needed to start telling yours.

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Getting started is often the hardest part of writing about your life, especially if you’re not sure how or where to begin. In this workshop, you’ll not only write the first sentence of what will become your ongoing life history, you’ll be able to use a proven framework for deciding what to write about, where to start and how to go on. Even if you’ve never strung sentences together since your schooldays! This workshop is aimed primarily at beginners, but you’re also welcome if you’ve already taken early steps with your memoirs but need some direction to keep going. Do this for yourself, and your family.

Learning outcomes

  • Receive a handout of a proven framework to help you identify highlights in your life that are worth writing about
  • Be able to implement tips about what to include and what to leave out of your life story
  • Undertake exercises that will get you writing (or rewriting) the opening sentences in your life story
  • Learn from examples from other beginning and emerging writers of how they developed their early stories in their memoirs
  • Develop a personal plan for topics to write about once the workshop ends.


This is a hybrid workshop with a focus on craft; it will be held in-person at Queensland Writers Centre and live streamed simultaneously to an online audience. It is a level 1 course for writers of all levels.

About Darryl

Dr Darryl Dymock is an experienced researcher, writer and teacher, and a published author of six non-fiction books, including two biographies. His latest publication (2022) is A Great and Restless Spirit. Darryl is convenor of a Men's Shed memoir writing group in Brisbane which recently published its own collection of personal stories. He mentors regularly through Queensland Writers Centre and is committed to helping beginning and emerging writers develop engaging stories.

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