Saturday 28 March: Getting Started
Sunday 29 March: The Road Chosen
On completion of this course, participants will be able to write with confidence and purpose. They will have a method for accessing the stories and the means of building a collection of life stories that may feature in a personal essay, a family history project, an online blog, or a book publication.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for: new writers who want to discover their writing voice and record their stories for themselves and their family. It is for people who want to explore their inner world through writing and express their thoughts clearly and powerfully on the page. It is for those who want to capture their observations of the people who have figured in their lives and their impact on them. It is ideal for young and older writers people who have written in another genre such as fiction or poetry, or non-fiction and who want to explore memoir and also for those who have already attended a creative writing class and wish to refresh or deepen their skills.
Places are limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place.
Workshop fee: $200
Deborah Shepard is a biographer, oral historian, journaler and life writing mentor for the New Zealand Society of Authors with many years of experience teaching memoir through Public Programmes at the University of Auckland and the Michael King Writers’ Centre. Her books include: Reframing Women: A History of New Zealand Film (2000), Between the Lives: Partners in Art (2005), Her Life’s Work (2009) all of which were critically acclaimed for documenting the contribution of women to the arts in New Zealand. Her journal Giving Yourself to Life: A Journal of Pain, Hope and Renewal (2015) was described by poet, journal writer and novelist Elizabeth Smither as, “Humane, delicate and bold as the journals of May Sarton or Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s observation of her snail." Her latest book The Writing Life: Twelve New Zealand Authors (2018) provides an inspirational glimpse into the writing lives of twelve of New Zealand’s most loved and acclaimed elder authors.
In her spare time Deborah enjoys photographing nature, art and architecture and posting her photos on Instagram at deborah_shepard.