Online Memoir Writing Course

12-week Online Memoir Writing Course – with Irene GrahamHorse Copyright©Irene Graham 2013 office@thecreativewritersworkshop

  • LIVE Writing Discussions
  • Free Copy – The Memoir Writing Workbook
  • Online Course – 12 Lessons with Audios, fully interactive with The Memoir Writing Workbook
  • Writing submissions for personal critique
  • Private Feedback from Irene G.
  • Memoir Writing Rooms to ask questions 24/7 as you develop your life experiences and write your book

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Private Writing Classes

Fiction & Memoir Private Writing Classes

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Personal Courses structured to suit your lifestye.

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Irene Graham is Founder of The Creative Writer’s Workshop (1991) and The Memoir Writing Club. She is also Author of The Memoir Writing Workbook.  Her workshops are accredited by George Mason University, Virginia, USA, as part of their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

 

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Writing Retreats in Ireland 2016 | The Creative Writer’s Workshop

Fiction & Memoir Writing Retreats in the West of IrelandBrollyY Copyright©IreneGraham2015 office@Qthecreativewritersworkshop

Remember your 2016 vacation 

Write Your Story with Book Writing Coach Irene Graham

  • explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
  • invigorate your senses on Inis Mor Island
  • walk the famour Cliffs of Moher in Doolin
  • enjoy first class Irish Musicians
  • eat Gourmet food
  • sleep in luxurious accommodation
  • and most of all – develop, create and write your story with personal coaching from Irene G.

Explore the best vacation ever!   Writing Retreats Workshops

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Creative Writing | Finding Your Writing Voice

Finding one’s Writing Voice is, I feel, a key element in writing.

Previous writing influences often inhibit the creative voice. It is as if the brain becomes familiar with one mode of thought and the writer often finds the leap into the realm of creative language difficult.  Dawn Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshop

Influences such as Journal Writing, Applied Writing and Corporate Writing demand a different set of rules and thought patterns. The creative writer needs to break free of those restraints to write creatively.

Like all art forms, practice definately helps. Being aware of creative language, what it is and how it can be used in story is the foundation to writing creatively,  but in my workshop experiences, it is when a writer finds what they want to write about – when they engage with their story – that is when they connect to their writing voice on a deep level.

If this is the case, then it is important to not only understand the language within creative writing, but to focus and develop the story you want to write. This will help enhance your unique expression, your choice of words and will set the stage for the nuances of the world you are writing about.

Through engaging with the creative writing process and understanding the fundamentals of creating story, other writing influences will find their place, allowing your unique writing voice to emerge – for your story.

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with Irene Graham in the West of Ireland

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Memoir Writing | Memoir vs Autobiography

Man & Dog Copyright©IreneGraham 2012 office@thecreativewritersworkshopMemoir writing has in the recent past become a genre in its own right.  It is now considered creative non-fiction, and is a popular genre in bestseller lists. In contrast to autobiographical writing in years gone by, a writer does not need to be famous or well known to write a memoir.

Autobiographical Writing encompasses a whole life – a life story usually written chronologically from birth to a given point in time. Thus autobiographical writing includes perhaps hundreds of characters, places and events from the writer’s entire life.

Memoir Writing can also be written chronologically, but it can also be structured creatively, similar to novels. Memoir writing is about drawing upon life stories and memories and focusing them into a memoir – usually upon a particular subject and the impact it had on the writer’s life, eg:

  • a war veteran and how he or she survived during and after a war
  • growing up with hippy parents, living life on the road
  • living in a small community in a minority race and the effect this had on adult life
  • generations of a family living in one particular house and the transitions brought about over time
  • the impact of the death of a child on family life
  • the struggle through a particular illness and how it altered and changed a life
  • travels alone around the world, and how this shaped a life
  • growing up on a cotton farm in southern USA in the ’60’s

So in essence, the man on the street probably has one autobiography – the entire story of his/her life, in contrast to memoir, whereby we have many life stories to share, and therefore, many memoirs to write.

From my workshop experiences many writers start out by thinking their memoir will be focused on a person they really admired, the life of their grandmother or father for instance. What this person did, where they went and what they achieved.  It is important to note that while writing a story about your father and his life achievements is a worthy concept, this is not memoir writing – it is biographical writing. It is a life story about someone else – not you. 

On the other hand, if you want to write about the influence your father had on your life – from your perspective, and the impact he had on your life and the decisions you made or did not make because of him – than that is memoir writing.

Likewise, if any of your siblings wrote their memoir on the same subject matter – the influence your father had on their life – it would be a competely different story to yours, it would be about their life, and the influence your father had on it – from their perspective.

Memoir Writing Courses – The Memoir Writing Club

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Writing Retreats in Ireland 2015 | The Creative Writer’s Workshop

Brollies2 Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshopAre you seeking a vacation that you will never forget?

Do any of the following tick the dream vacation box for you?

  • Silence to allow you to think and write?
  • Connect to your creativity in ancient Ireland?
  • Time and guidance to structure your book?
  • Luxury accommodation?
  • Gourmet Food?
  • Music, adventure and great company?

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MEMOIR WRITING COURSE ONLINE | THE MEMOIR WRITING CLUB

CourgettesParticipants: USA / Europe

COURSE START DATES:

  • Sat 4 April 2015
  • Sat 11 July 2015

Receive your copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook – Free!

  • 12 Interactive Lessons
  • Audio Tutorials
  • Private Writing Tuition with Irene Graham
  • LIVE Writing Discussions
  • 24/7 feedback in our Memoir Writing Rooms
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MEMOIR WRITING COURSE ONLINE | Australia | Starts Sat 6 June 2015

MorningView1 Copyright©IreneGraham2015 office@thecreativewritersworkshopEspecially for Participants: Australian/NZ 

Develop | Focus | Write your Memoir

12-week Online Interactive Course:

  • The Memoir Writing Workbook – we post it to you FREE!
  • Audio Tutorials
  • LIVE Writing Discussions
  • Private Writing Session
  • Submit Work for Reading & Feedback
  • Memoir Writing Rooms
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MEMOIR WRITING COURSE ONLINE | THE MEMOIR WRITING CLUB – Sat 7 Mar 2015

Fok Writing at Table 720x540 Irene Graham irenegraham@thecreativewritersworkshop.comAccess our 12-week Online Memoir Writing Course 24/7 – at a time that suits your lifestyle.

  • Audio Tutorials
  • 12 x Lessons Online – accessible  throughout the course
  • The Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham – we post it to you, free delivery worldwide!
  • Submit work for feedback
  • Private Coaching session with Book Coach Irene Graham
  • LIVE Writing Discussions
  • Memoir Writing Rooms – ask questions and receive feedback
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Course LIVE Sessions applicable to USA / European / Canadian / Australian Time Zones

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WRITING RETREATS | MEMOIR WEEKEND | KINSALE CORK IRELAND – 20 to 22 March 2015

Kinsale 2aSet on the spectacular waterfront in Kinsale, Co. Cork, this weekend workshop offers a luxury getaway to unwind and tap into your life journey in an atmosphere where the goal is to deepen your writing adventure…and write a short Memoir.

  • Workshop – Fri to Sun
  • Bed & Breakfast – Hotel accommodation

Open to local residents as non-residential workshop

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