Workshop

Memory & Taboo: An Introduction to Memoir with Monique Roffey

Saturday 16 November
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
10am - 3pm
£55 / £45 conc

Discover the tools for approaching hard-to-write subjects with novel and memoirist Monique Roffey. Through a mixture of discussion, reading and writing you will explore:

  • memory, and slowing down events, especially ones which feel hard to write about
  • five things all good memories have in common
  • the problem of shame and taboo
  • finding the right tone of voice
  • writing about living people.

You will also explore key texts including A Sketch of the Past by Virginia Woolf and The World is Moving Around Me by Dany le Ferriere.

Explore creativity and craft in a friendly, constructive setting. Our workshops include writing exercises, a chance to share your work and guidance from an experienced tutor.

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About Monique

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born writer. Her novel House of Ashes was shortlisted for the Costa Fiction Award 2014, as well as the OCM BOCAS Award 2015. Archipelago won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014. In 2010, her novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Encore Award. Her erotic memoir With the Kisses of his Mouth was published to critical acclaim in 2011. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and also a writer in residence at a school in London for First Story. Her novel The Tryst was published in Summer 2017. Website

‘Roffey is a masterful writer whose words are subsumed in the pictures they paint and the tales they spin.’ – Publishers Weekly

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November 16, 2019 10:00 am November 16, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London Memory & Taboo: An Introduction to Memoir with Monique Roffey Writers' Centre Norwich –

Discover the tools for approaching hard-to-write subjects with novel and memoirist Monique Roffey. Through a mixture of discussion, reading and writing you will explore: memory, and slowing down events, especially ones which feel hard to write about five things all good memories have in common the problem of shame and taboo finding the right tone […]

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall Writers Centre Norwich