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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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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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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WRITING RETREATS | MEMOIR | near CLIFFS OF MOHER IRELAND – 6 to 10 Sept 2015

Castle Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshopFocus, develop and write your Memoir with Irene Graham this Sept.

Let nature, the Atlantic ocean, an incredible writing space, luxurious accommodation and gourmet food nurture the story that’s in your heart. Your story.

  • Tour – Cliffs of Moher
  • High-end shared or single accommodation – en suite
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – mostly organic ingredients
  • The Memoir Writing Workbook
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WRITING RETREATS | FICTION & AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FICTION – INIS MOR ISLAND IRELAND | SEPT 2015

Develop and create your book on Inis Mor Island with Irene Graham this Sept.

Cliffs 630x260 Irene Graham irenegraham@thecreativewritersworkshop.comExplore inner creativity, discover the heart of your story – be it Fiction or Autobiographical Fiction – and let the raw beauty of this ancient landscape inspire your soul and your writing spirit.

  • Guided Walks to ancient sites
  • Bedroom en suite, per participant
  • Gourmet Food
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Writing Retreats Workshops 2015 | The Creative Writer’s Workshop

Brollies2 Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshop~ NEW LOCATIONS FOR 2015 ~
PLAN YOUR WRITING JOURNEY IN IRELAND NOW.

Fiction & Memoir Writing Retreats

DEVELOP the Story that’s in your heart.
DEEPEN the Story that’s on your page.

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