Date(s) - Mon 18th Nov - Sat 23rd Nov, 2019
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Approaches to Memoir
How do you start writing your own story? What should you include, what should you leave out? What about structure, voice, tone, story, authenticity, truth, fiction? Bestselling authors Cathy Rentzenbrink and Nina Stibbe come together to present a course on different approaches to writing the self; covering technical issues as well as the challenge of writing about family and friends without alienating them!
Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and is currently working on a novel and a book about books. Cathy regularly chairs literary events, interviews authors, reviews books and runs writing workshops. She thinks that most lives would be enriched by more reading and writing. She won the Snaith and District Ladies Darts Championship when she was 17 but is now sadly out of practice.
Nina Stibbe is the author of five books for Penguin. Love, Nina – a memoir in letters – was the winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award at the National Book Awards 2014 and adapted by Nick Hornby for BBC television. Her novels Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge were both adapted for serialisation on BBC Radio 4, and shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. An Almost Perfect Christmas, a collection of articles and stories, came out in 2017, and her latest novel, Reasons to be Cheerful, comes out in March 2019. Nina’s books are all highly autobiographical. Memoir writing and autofiction are subjects she talks about frequently at book festivals across the land. She lives in Cornwall and can be seen on Twitter: @ninastibbe
Sheila Hancock won the British Book Award for Author of the Year for her autobiography The Two of Us which she followed with Just Me; and then, aged 81, with her debut novel Miss Carter’s War (Political Fiction Awards Nomination). Her first book, Ramblings of An Actress, was published in 1987, and she is currently working on another book. She has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television, radio and films since the 1950s, and was the first woman Artistic Director with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company’s tour, as well as being the first woman to direct in the National’s Olivier Theatre.
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