MEMOIR WRITING COURSE ONLINE

Discover the art of story creation using personal life experiences and family history.

Evoke your well of memory and enhance your writing skills using right-brain/left-brain learning techniques.

Develop and write a Miniature Memoir. Focus, structure and start your book.

Note: Courses starting 12 Oct and 26 Oct – duration 20 weeks instead of 16 weeks – to allow for Christmas break.

Benefits include:
  • Memoir Writing Course Online
    * Discount for Past Participants
  • Memoir Writing Workbook
  • NEW – Interactive LIVE Writing Discussions!
  • Online Writing Rooms
  • Memoir Archive
  • Memoir Critique Available
  • Book Corner
$425 / €295 — 16 Weeks

Course Starts LIVE Discussions
20 SepSundaysEnroll
18 OctSundaysEnroll

Past Participants: Apply Now for Course Discount. We'll email you details.

*Discounts available to all past participants of Irene Graham’s workshops – residential and online

Online Memoir Writing Course – How it Works

Listen to Audio Tutorials

Audio Tutorials provided in each of the 12 Lesson Plans are short and concise and relate to the elements of writing memoir using right-brain/left-brain learning techniques.

Read the Workbook

The workbook is fully interactive with the Audio Tutorials. Writers follow the workbook in a step-by- step process and learn how to weave and structure life experiences into story.

Techniques & Exercises

Evoke and enhance memory from our writing techniques and exercises. They also strengthen your authentic writing voice as you focus, develop and write your memoirs.

The course also includes:

LIVE Writing Discussions

We guide you forwards every step of the way.
You also meet the other writers on your course!

Memoir Writing Rooms

We also provide ongoing support in our writing rooms to help you navigate your writing journey.

Memoir Archive

Protect your Memoirs for future generations. Preserve them in our Online Archive.

Then continue your writing journey with us….
Our Writer’s Network brings together past participants from Irene Graham’s residential and online workshops. This private network supports all genres of writing to create works of publishing standard.

Course Information

What makes our Online Memoir Writing Course different

Based on right-brain/left-brain learning techniques and exercises, Irene Graham’s workshops have inspired writers for over 20 years. Her online course is a state of the art, simple to use, step-by-step approach to memoir writing.

This memoir writing course is different because:

  • the course uses right-brain/left-brain learning techniques and exercises that show you how to trigger and recall memories – each exercise surprises you!
  • you receive by post, a copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham – you will never need another book on memoir writing
  • our course is Audio based providing Audio Tutorials; each audio is interactive with the workbook
  • we provide LIVE interactive online Writing Discussions throughout the course
  • you also have access to our Memoir Writing Rooms 24 hours a day to ask us questions and chat with other writers
  • we allow you access to the entire course for 16 weeks – which means you have plenty of time to write, rewrite and revisit any part of the course and the Audio Tutorials
  • as a participant in the course you automatically belong to an international writing community
  • by submitting your Miniature Memoirs to our Online Archive, your life stories will be accessible for family and friends, future generations, historians and social history projects.
  • the writing techniques you learn in this course can be used to aid all forms of writing – not just memoir

Completion of this online course entitles you to access our Writers’ Network to work with Irene Graham in all genres and at advanced stages of the writing process.

What you learn

In our online memoir writing course you:
  • learn the art of memoir writing and the creation of story
  • develop life experiences for Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction stories
  • discover how to focus life experiences into meaningful stories
  • understand how to weave Family History into your stories
  • learn the structure of story
  • develop and write a Miniature Memoir* and focus, structure and start writing your full length book.

Course Design

The online course comprises:
  • 12 Lesson Plans
Each Lesson Plan provides step-by-step instructions to:
  • listen to an Audio Tutorial
  • refer to The Memoir Writing Workbook
  • complete a Writing Assignment
  • receive support in our Memoir Writing Rooms

Lessons are timed – this focuses your writing and your writing schedule.
The (timed) course is 24 hours duration – which you schedule for yourself over 16 weeks.

Note: Many writers complete the course in 7 to 10 weeks. By doing so there is plenty of time to revise any aspect of the course and make use of our writing rooms.

LIVE Writing Discussions

Our LIVE Writing Discussions aim to guide you forwards with your writing and keep you focused. Participants partake in 4 x LIVE Writing Discussions throughout their course.

While our LIVE Writing Discussions guide you forwards and help with your writing, if you happen to miss a Discussion…it won’t effect you continuing with your Online Course – the LIVE Discussions do NOT form a part of the actual course.

Your first LIVE Writing Discussion takes place on the second day of your course. Dates of subsequent Discussions are posted with your online course.

Course Content

The course content covers topics such as:
  • Tapping into Creativity
  • Unique/Authentic Writing Voice
  • People
  • Settings
  • Theme
  • Truth
  • Evocative Language
  • Research
  • Creative Structure for your Memoir
  • …plus many more!

The Memoir Writing Workbook Content

The Memoir Writing Workbook is designed to help you through each stage of your writing journey, in a step-by-step process.

It is a full colour, easy to read 236 pages with:

  • short concise chapters clarifying the elements of memoir writing
  • 36 innovative right-brain/left-brain writing exercises
  • numerous writing hints and tips
  • blank ruled pages for writers notes

Audio Tutorials

Audio Tutorials are delivered by Irene Graham and:
  • explain the elements of memoir writing
  • are interactive with The Memoir Writing Workbook
  • are short and concise (1 to 4 minutes)
  • are available throughout the 16 week course
  • are not downloadable

Memoir Writing Rooms

We believe making time to write is precious. Writers are therefore not expected to read others work. You can share any part of your work with other writers privately – having met them in our Memoir Writing Rooms and LIVE Discussions.

In the Memoir Writing Rooms writers can engage with all writers partaking in our online memoir writing courses regardless of start dates, not just their particular course.

Memoir Critique

We offer a Memoir Critique service to bring your work to publication standard.
Receive feedback on your story plus an editorial clean up on punctuation, grammar and spelling. Fees apply. Full details when you join our online course.

Online Memoir Archive

Participants in our online course may submit any number of Miniature Memoirs to our Online Archive, free of charge, throughout the course.

This archive and website, The Memoir Writing Club, is included in the Digital Archive of The British Library – which means your stories are preserved and protected for future generations, forever!

This archive will be offered to the Public as a reading resource, free of charge.

Note:

  • Authors retain 100% copyright of their work.
  • We will notify you when we launch our Public Reading Room.
  • Details of how to submit your stories to our Online Archive are provided when you join our online memoir writing course.

Course Access / Workbook Delivery / Discounts

Access: Choose your Start Date and Enroll in the online course, spaces are limited, so do it now so you won’t be disappointed.

On the Start Date of your course, Log In to the website with your User Name and Password. Our system will automatically provide you with access to our Online Memoir Writing Course

Workbook Delivery: Participants in our online course receive by post their copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook - free delivery worldwide. The first two Lesson Plans in our online course do not require the workbook.

Discount to online course fees apply if you previously purchased a copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook.

The Memoir Writing Workbook is not available to purchase separately.

Book Corner

Recommend a book – Discuss a book – it’s up to you!

Your Tutor – Irene Graham

Created and tutored by Irene Graham, The Memoir Writing Workshop online course is based on Irene's internationally renowned writing techniques and her 20 years experience of tutoring fiction and memoir writing workshops.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*What is a Miniature Memoir?

A Miniature Memoir, defined by Irene Graham, is a short memoir relating a life experience or experiences, creatively written and structured with a beginning, middle and end, comprising 1000 to 2000 words.

Is our Online Memoir Writing Course for you?

....well everyone has a story to tell!

If you want to:

  • write your memoir for family and friends
  • structure a memoir for publication
  • explore your life experiences as bed-rock material for Autobiographical Fiction
  • or use writing as a therapeutic process

then this course is for you. Your writing will surprise you!

Remember, you can write in private yet be a part of a great community of writers. You can choose what you want to tear up, what you want to do with your stories, and who you want to read them. Whatever…we’ll be there all the way to help you write your story.

We welcome:
  • apprentice, emerging and established writers
  • fiction writers who never thought of writing memoir!

I write Fiction – how would writing Memoir help me?

Our unique approach in this online course shows you how to draw upon life experiences and go deeper with personal story, which can be used as a powerful source of material for writing Autobiographical Fiction.

Are there any special technical requirements?

No, a good Internet connection is all that is technically required to access all facilities in the online memoir writing course and The Memoir Writing Club. Special software is not required.