Memoir and Life-Writing | Goldsmiths, University of London

Sat May 23 2020 at 10:00 am to Sat Jun 13 2020 at 04:00 pm
Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London, United Kingdom

Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London, United Kingdom

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Another year gone and you've yet to start that memoir! We all have a tale to tell - but where to start and how to get your stories out of your head and into the world? What to include and what to leave out? Then there's the structure, and what about the truth? Relax - join this inspiring class begin sorting it out.

Become part of a vibrant literary community of writers and learn more about events and opportunities for you as a writer.

To hear more about the issues regarding Life Writing you can listen to the BBC Radio 4 - Four Thought, Other People's Stories - hear course tutor Anna Derrig asking who has the right to tell someone else's story. Anna has worked in the media, in international development and in social and community.

What are the aims of the course?


To encourage self confidence in memoir and life writing

To enable you to develop appropriate skills and the necessary practice

To develop self-awareness and self-evaluation as a writer

To develop an awareness and critical understanding of ethical issues

To consolidate learning with peer feedback on yours and others' writing

Who is suitable for this course?


Writers with an interest in life-writing and, in particular, those with ethical concerns. Attendees should be willing to listen, learn and participate within their group. Within this mutually-supportive writing community there is also an expectation to keep anything shared within the group strictly confidential. You will also be expected to give non-judgmental feedback, as well as having a good level of literacy in spoken and written English.

How will the course be taught?

Writing exercises, group feedback, group and pair work, informal discussions, lecture-led discussion, reading lists, using whiteboard, powerpoint and online resources where useful

Who teaches on the course?

The course is taught by Anna Derrig, from our department of English and Comparative Literature. Anna is currently in the final year of her PhD at Goldsmiths, in life-writing and ethics. This is the first course of its kind, with a close examination of life-writing ethics, so this is a unique opportunity. Anna has spoken at International conferences and on the BBC about this topic, and will soon be publishing a book - which will be the first in the UK. Alongside studying for her PhD she currently teaches creative and life writing for undergraduates and research ethics for PhD students. She also has a postgraduate certificate in teaching, as well as degrees in social sciences, a Masters in Social Policy and Journalism, and a wealth of professional experience within international development, the media and social community work. Anna has been published by Penguin and Virago.

This is a 4 week course running from Saturday 23rd May - Saturday 13th June 2020 from 10am-4pm with one hour for lunch = 20 hours in total
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