“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.
Is this course for me?
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.
What can I expect?
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.
What previous attendees say:
“I enjoyed every minute…I have found my writer’s voice.”
“This course was a really useful introduction to the different considerations and nuances involved in life writing. The environment felt safe and protected and I appreciated the small group element. There was no pressure to ‘perform’ and the notes we were given to take away, as as well as the homework tasks, were excellent. Overall it was most enjoyable.”
“I really enjoyed surprising myself. bring encouraged by the great group of supportive peer life writers. A great introduction, demystifying the process, comfortable and fun, learning with so much more confidence to keep writing.”
“Struggling to make my memoirs interesting and readable, I attended Fi Mason’s My Story taster workshop. I could see that the full course would be of great benefit for me. She presents in a very gentle and motivating way. The session was fun with a lot of smiling and I enjoyed it immensely. Fi got the content just right. She didn’t miss anything and gave really good feedback if I started to go off course.”
“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.”
Tutor: Fiona Mason
Where: Courses are taught online, remotely using Zoom and Discord. This means that we can be wherever you are! If you’re not tech-savvy, don’t worry. Both platforms are easy to use and full instructions will be given.
Cost: £140 for 8-week course
Next Courses: Spring 2021
Daytimes (Wednesdays 10am-12pm) Feb 24 Mar 3, 10, 17 (no session 24th), 31 Apr 7, 14, 21