Writing Memoir with Katy Massey

Join Katy Massey for a six-week online memoir writing course.


This course will explore writing about lived experience and we will begin by looking at memoir, autobiography and other types of writing from real life and identifying the characteristics of each one. As the six weeks progress, we will explore different approaches to writing from real life, and learn how to apply these to our own stories. We will also think about how to structure personal stories and how to apply characterisation, pacing, dialogue and suspense to create compelling pieces of work. In addition, we will consider research methods, look at the ethics of writing from real life and discover research techniques to add richness to our work.

Each session will be run on Zoom via a mixture of time-limited discussions and writing exercises. Sharing work is optional. The content and structure will remain flexible, with space allowed to address individual needs and ensure the course is useful and relevant for all participants.


Are we home yet? Katy Massey’s memoir about her relationship with her mother was published in 2020 by Jacaranda and was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021. She worked as a journalist for many years before completing a PhD on memoir and race at Newcastle University. Alongside her own work, she has guided and published numerous emerging writers and initiated her own Arts Council-funded literature projects. She has published two anthologies of memoir: Tangled Roots: True Life Stories About Mixed Race Britain, featuring 30-plus contributions, and Who are we now? a collection of first-person experiences of the 2016 Brexit referendum. She lives in East Sussex with her family and has just finished writing her first novel.

Facebook.com/katymasseyauthor     Twitter: @Tangledroots1      Katymassey.com


Refund Policy: tickets are non-refundable


28 September 2021 - 2 November 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Full Price: £145 / Conc £100

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