Memoir Workshop: Writing from Memory

Online (Zoom Meeting)
26 July 2021
2:30 pm
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3 x two-hour online workshop sessions with poet and tutor Nessa O’Mahony

Workshop Description

These workshops are aimed at helping participants develop their creative writing skills in order to produce life writing accounts that are dynamic, engaging and well-written. Using a combination of lecture, exercise and workshopping, participants will encounter the main approaches to memoir writing. The three workshops will cover: 

  • Introduction to memoir 
  • Using memory as a source of writing
  • Other methods of research
  • Fictional techniques applied to memoir  – characterisation, plot, description.
  • Selection of events and scenes – what to include, what to leave out
  • Editing techniques

Workshop Dates

The workshops will be hosted online using Zoom meeting software on the following dates. 

  • Monday 26th July 2021, 1430hrs to 1630hrs
  • Tuesday 27th July 2021, 1430hrs to 1630hrs
  • Thursday 29th July 2021, 1430hrs to 1630hrs

Your £66 fee covers all three workshop sessions.

Workshop Connection Details

After booking your place the tutor will email you with the meeting link a week before the workshop begins.

You will require a device capable of running Zoom Meeting Software with a functioning screen, microphone, speakers and a stable connection to the internet.

All workshop students are advised to test their Zoom connection prior to the workshop. Refunds will not be given for issues caused by your hardware, software or internet connectivity.


Nessa O’Mahony

Nessa is a Dublin based novelist, poet, editor and creative writing tutor with the Open University.  She has published six books of poetry, and recently published a memoir of her grandfather, The Branchman, an Irish Civil War veteran and member of the Garda Siochána plain clothes branch, 1925 to 1945. 

Supported by The Open University.

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John Hewitt Society

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