138 TUTOR: Rosie Jackson (BA Hons Class 1 ENglish and Comp Lit DPhil York)
In the words of T.S. Eliot, 'We had the experience, but missed the meaning.' Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process. Whether it is for your family, publication or just for yourself, a memoir can help make sense of your experience and provide an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning of your life. On this safe, supportive course, you will learn ways to make your memoir the best it can be, reflecting on audience, purpose and inspiration. You will study issues of structure, shape, voice and tense, practise dialogue and humour, consider spiritual and ethical issues and look at some contemporary memoirs.
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 Knausgård 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.
ROSIE JACKSON lives in Devon, where she teaches creative writing workshops and works in arts and health. She has a first-class degree from the University of Warwick, a D. Phil. from York, and has taught in many universities and educational settings, including the University of East Anglia, Nottingham Trent, Bristol UWE, Bethesda Writers' Centre Washington DC, Skyros Writers' Lab, Cortijo Romero, and the Open College of the Arts. Her poetry pamphlet What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014) was followed by her first collection The Light Box (Cultured Llama, 2016). Her poetry has been published in Acumen, Ambit, Domestic Cherry, Frogmore Papers, High Window, Poetry Ireland Reiew, Poetry Salzburg Review, Scintilla, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter's House, other journals and anthologies; set for GCSE; used for a sculpture by Andrew Whittle in the grounds of a Dorchester hospital; and she has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. With Dawn Gorman she won the Hedgehog Pamphlet competition 2019; won 1st prize in the Poetry Space competition 2019, 1st prize and the Hilly Cansdale award at Wells 2018, 2nd prize at Torbay 2018, 1st prize in the Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017, 3rd prize Hippocrates Open 2017, Hilly Cansdale Award Wells 2015, 1st prize Bath 2015, 2nd prize Battered Moons 2015, 1st and 2nd prizes Berkshire Festival, 2016 and 2017, 2nd prize Havant Literary Festival, and has been widely commended at Bridport and elsewhere. She was a Hawthornden fellow 2017. Her books of prose include Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion; Frieda Lawrence; The Eye of the Buddha (fiction);Mothers Who Leave and she has won awards for her short stories. The Glass Mother: A Memoir was published by Unthank Books in 2016.
All courses run for 5 days
WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul
WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul
WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul
WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug
9.15AM to 12.15PM
1.45PM to 4.30PM
All Day Courses
9.15AM to 4.30PM