Life Writing: Memoirs and Biography

Have you ever wanted to write your memoirs, or are you burning to write the story of someone else’s life? This course, led by critically acclaimed biographer Lucinda Hawksley, will help you develop your writing and research skills and give you the confidence to move forwards with your manuscript.

The Course

Whether you’re struggling to begin writing, or if you want to develop a manuscript you’ve been working on for years, this course will help unlock your creativity and show the best ways to make your story come to life.

This 7-night course will look at how to structure your writing, how to plot the course of your biography or autobiography, and how to keep your reader engaged. We will talk about common problems and develop strategies to overcome them, such as: how do you encompass a life spanning many decades into a single book, how do you manage research difficulties, and how can you move on from writers’ block?

We will work in pairs, as a group and individually. Each day will allow you writing time and the course includes a writing-exercise trip to the beautiful nearby town of San Gimignano.

Your Tutor

Lucinda Hawksley is the author of three critically acclaimed biographies: Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel, The Mystery of Princess Louise, and Dickens’s Artistic Daughter Katey. Her other titles include March, Women, March: How Women Won the Vote, The Writer Abroad, and Bitten By Witch Fever: Wallpaper and Arsenic in the Victorian Home. She has also written three books about her great great great grandfather, Charles Dickens. Lucinda is also a lecturer and broadcaster, who has written and narrated podcasts for Audible, and speaks regularly at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She is a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.  Lucinda has taught writing workshops for clients including the Arvon Foundation, the National Portrait Gallery and the Jane Austen House.

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