How to Write a Memoir

132 TUTOR: Patrick Hickman-Robertson

The course is designed as a step-by-step guide for anyone who wishes to share their experience of life, whether it is for the grandchildren, for friends and colleagues, or indeed for a wider audience. We will consider themes, dialogue, the narrative arc, structure, and how to open and close. We will evaluate best practice in other people's memoirs and discuss what to avoid. To conclude, we will cover illustrations, proof-reading, manuscript preparation and self-publication, including costs. And should there be any midwives from Poplar or vets from Yorkshire in our group, we will assess the elusive though enticing prospect of trade publication.



4 PM
PM course

Course Notes

Best memoir writing guides:

Judith Barrington Writing the Memoir

Mary Karr The Art of Memoir

Sally Cline (ed) The Arvon Book of Life Writing

Judy Reeves A Writer's Book of Days (Exercises)

Some recommended memoirs:

Jeanette Winterson Why Be Happy When you could be Normal?

Rosie Jackson The Glass Mother

Sheila Kohler Once We Were Sisters

Amy Liptrot The Outrun

Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love

Mary Karr The Liars' Club

Karl Ove KnausgŚrd My Struggle (6 vols)

Claire Tomalin A Life of My Own

Blake Morrison And When Did you Last see your Father?

Nigel Slater Toast

Lorna Sage Bad Blood

Gretel Ehrlich A Match to the Heart

Hilary Mantel Giving up the Ghost

Irina Tweedie The Chasm of Fire

Germaine Greer Daddy I hardly knew you

Virginia Woolf The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Etty Hillesum An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-3

Roger Deakin Notes from Walnut Tree Farm

Please bring paper and writing material.

Course Tutor

Patrick Hickman-Robertson

About Patrick

Patrick Hickman-Robertson OBE made his career in advertising, the BBC, the Government Information Service and as a writer and broadcaster. In the early 60s he took time out from these avocations to tour the remains of Empire for four years and has extended these explorations ever since. He is a former chairman of the Ephemera Society. In recent years Patrick was a Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he researchedRobertson's Book of Firsts (Bloomsbury, New York). His most recent publication was a memoir

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