Short Courses

Memoir: Writing your Story, Real and Imagined

Join Michelle Elvy, writer and editor and once-upon-a time historian from New Zealand for a course in writing memoir. The course will consist of discussions and exercises with a focus around building voice and creating believable story arcs around material that is drawn from memory – and the space that we need to examine between memory and reality. You will be introduced to a variety of memoir writing – from straight narrator to graphic novel to diary-like writing to creative non-fiction small story writing. You will also have the opportunity to share and talk about the stories you have written.

The course aims to examine what makes a particular memoir feel ‘real’, and why some resonate so deeply with us. The course will also discuss topics that include establishing your own voice, building the world for your memories/ memoir writing, the fallibility of memory, the gaps between the stories we tell, and how to accommodate them as well as the truth in storytelling.



No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Sat 15 Apr – 17 Jun 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Laptop and writing materials.

Who should attend

Art and language students, prospective art students, art enthusiasts, teachers and/or anyone interested in memoir writing.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit
National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

(after National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.