An Introduction to the Memoir – fully booked!
Do you want to tell your own story? Life stories have resonance for others and are a gift to be shared. In this course, led by award-winning writer Monique Roffey, you’ll gain the confidence to write your own story, develop an understanding of how memoirs are put together, and the ways shame and taboo might hold you back from writing.
You’ll be exposed to a wide variety of memoirs told through a range of forms – from memoirs written in the first person, or even second-person point of view, to memoirs told in snapshots, experimental montage, and even graphic memoirs. A substantial portion of the texts used in this course will be written by non-professional writers, so, whether you’ve got previous writing experience or not, you’ll find work written by people easily relatable.
Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.
This course is designed for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!
Special offer: All creative writing online courses include a free 12-week digital subscription to Granta Magazine.
What the course covers
- Why Write Your Story?
- Looking Back/the Reflective Voice (online discussion via Zoom)
- Shame vs Vulnerability
- Point of View and hybrid memoirs
- Being Ready to Write (online discussion via Zoom)
- Composition and Form (includes one face-to-face tutorial)
About your tutor
Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and mostly educated in the UK. She is the author of seven books, six novels and a memoir. Four of her novels are set in the Caribbean. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and the Encore Award in 2011. Archipelago (2012) won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014. House of Ashes, (2014), was shortlisted for the COSTA Fiction Award, 2015 and longlisted for the OCM BOCAS Award in 2015. The Tryst, an erotic novella, was published in July 2017 by Dodo Ink. The Mermaid of Black Conch was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020. Her memoir, With the Kisses of His Mouth traces a personal journey of sexual self-discovery and has become a cult classic. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, and regular tutor for the National Centre for Writing.
How it works
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.
The twelve-week course is divided into six fortnightly modules. Participants will analyse extracts from a range of memoirs – including graphics memoirs to memoirs told in snapshots, montage, and verse – before discussing them with the tutor and fellow students.
The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.
Modules two and five will take place as live discussion held over Zoom. There will also be a one-to-one live feedback session, to have over the phone or via video chat and to be arranged with your tutor for module six.
This is a practical and engaging course with direct, expert tutor feedback.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.