It was very enjoyable and everybody was given time and space to contribute in a friendly and relaxed manner. I especially enjoyed the prompting of memories with physical objects. This activity seemed to work well with all participants, and for some in an unanticipated manner, enriching their recollections. The session opened my mind to the variety of ways in which ‘my story’ might be approached.

Facilitator: Fiona Mason

 Fiona is an author and an experienced writing tutor and mentor. She’s a Relational Dynamics qualified coach with an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, London.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

We all have a story to tell and memories can nag at us to be given voice, but capturing and taming them into a coherent story can be as difficult as netting air.

My Story is an introduction to the genre of memoir, which is writing from lived experience. It’s about identifying a story that you want to tell, finding the voice with which to tell it, and developing some of the tools that will help you to turn a personal account into a page turning story.


Personal narratives can be informative, funny, cathartic, tragic, healing and revealing. Through telling them we can learn as much about ourselves as about the human condition, and in sharing them on the page, we have the opportunity to take readers on a profound and deeply personal journey of their own.


Each week there will be writing exercises in class and a short homework, so you can put into practice what you’ve learnt, and there will be an opportunity to share your work in a supportive and constructive environment.

This course will give you a deeper understanding of writing from life and by the end of it you will have developed greater confidence in telling your story.

“I enjoyed every minute…I have found my writer’s voice.”

Where: Courses are taught online, remotely using Zoom. This means that we can be wherever you are! And don’t worry if you’re not tech savvy – full instructions will be provided.

Cost: £140 for 8-week course

Next Course:  Spring/Summer 2021