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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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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Celtic Myths | The Story of Aonghus Óg…and Love

Aonghus, the Celtic god of love, is eternally youthful. His true name is Aonghus Óg, which means young Aonghus. Dun Aonghus, the sacred site on Inis Mór Island, the larger of the Aran Islands, is his summer residence. From this fort Aonghus Óg can reach the land of eternal youth, Tir na Óg.Myth4 Copyright©IreneGraham 2015 office@thecreativewritersworkshop

One night Aonghus fell in love, in a dream – when he saw Caer. He searched for her for years and years. Each year she changed shape. A shape shifter – from swan to beautiful woman, to swan, to beautiful woman. Aonghus’s searches lead him to find her among one hundred and fifty swans. His love was so deep he turned into a swan himself so he could be with her. Together they became the protectors of loving couples.

Aonghus Óg has four bright birds representing his four kisses, so if four birds encircle your head and sing when you are walking the winding hill to this ancient site, it could just mean you are charmed and that love springs into your heart.

Walking the ancient sites of Inis Mór learning myths and legends is part of The Creative Writer’s Workshop Novel and Memoir Writing Retreats on this mythical island.

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Creative Writing | 5 Writing Tips from Irene Graham

1. Think about your writing journey, plan it, plan where you want your writing to take you in easy steps – 3 months from now, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years.  Approach your writing journey just like you would if you were taking an actual journey by plane, coach or whatever. Quote Give it a Try

2. Writing is about understanding story and how to create it. Do you know how to create a story?  If you don’t, you are not ready to write your book.  You need to learn how to create story so that you can then develop your story…and write it creatively.

3. Are you yearning to write – but don’t know what to write about? This is common. Start with writing exercises to help trigger thoughts and memories. Remove your edit button and just start writing, see what happens. You don’t have to show your work to anyone, so just free flow and get into the mode of writing.

4. Have you written 10,000 words + and feel your story is going nowhere? If you feel there is something missing while you are furiously writing your book – there probably is.  Think about seeking advice on your story and your writing – don’t continue to write 80,000 + words that you are unsure about.  Think of all the precious time you are going to save by getting your story ‘right’ before you commit your story to the page.

5. Have you a story to tell but don’t know how to approach it or are afraid to tell it because it may upset x, y or z in your life?  There are many ways to approach getting your story onto the page, sometimes what you don’t say (in the way you leave it out) can say even more than what you write. It’s an art, it’s an art that is worth learning!

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Creativity | When is the Best Time to Write?

Clock Copyright©IreneGraham2015 office@thecreativewritersworkshopInvariably in my workshops participants ask me “When is the best time to write?” The answer is: What is the best time for YOU to write? 

Individuals vary so much, our lifestyles dictate our calender.  What works for one person will not work for the next. Think what works for you, and schedule when is the best time for YOU to write.

HINTS to help your writing flow:

  • Make a Writing Schedule to suit your lifestyle, make it realistic.
  • If after two weeks your Writing Schedule is not working – change it – it means it is the wrong plan and it is not suiting your lifestyle.
  • Try to write in two hour blocks. I find if you only write for one hour at a time  you are not giving yourself the opportunity to explore your creativity on a deep level. Commit to writing for two hours – which could be developing your story, doing writing exercises or writing your book – or all of the above. See if two hours makes a difference in reaching a deeper level of creativity. Be aware of the outcome and repeat the process that works best for you.
  • When you complete a writing session, immediately make a date with yourself and schedule the next writing session – a date and time that suits your current lifestyle. Stick to this date – but if you have to change it – revise your writing date and lock it in to your diary.

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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.

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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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DETAILS: Memoir Writing Course Online
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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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