T3kxdrvvqfgakfci6aca

Introduction to Memoir with Rebecca Starford

How to begin and develop your memoir manuscript

Memoir is a booming genre in the publishing industry. Many of us have stories we want to tell, though we don't quite know where to start, or how to navigate the complexities of writing not just about ourselves but about family and friends, and how this project might impact them.

This workshop is designed for writers who would like to develop a deeply personal creative project - whether it be autobiography, family history, memoir or essays - and are starting to think about where such a manuscript might be published.


You'll learn:

  • How to draw out memories and shape them into a story
  • How to craft a sustained and interesting narrative structure around fragmented life experiences
  • How to push through emotional resistance
  • Legal and ethical considerations typical of the genre

The course is designed to take you 4-5 hours to complete, but can be accomplished in short stages, or at your convenience.

KYD Members receive a 10% discount on this course and all other KYD workshops. Become a member here, or contact [email protected] for more information.

Want to buy a workshop for a friend? Purchase a gift voucher here.


Your Instructor


Rebecca Starford
Rebecca Starford

Rebecca Starford is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour (Allen & Unwin), was published in 2015 and is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures. Rebecca is a former editor at Text Publishing, and has worked for Affirm Press and Australian Book Review. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age, and Weekend Australian. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland and is currently working on her second book.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. We encourage you to approach this material not just as lessons to be finished once and for all, but also as a collection of resources to which you can return time and again.
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! After enrolling, you have unlimited lifetime access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
Does the teacher provide feedback?
No. If you are interested in receiving feedback on your project, we encourage you to check out KYD's Manuscript Assessment Service: https://killyourdarlings.com.au/shop/manuscript-assessments/
What if I decide the course isn’t right for me?
We offer a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How do I access my course?
All our online workshops are hosted at workshops.killyourdarlings.com.au, via the Teachable platform. You can access your workshop by logging in at that link, or by following the link in your welcome email when you enrol. Please note that as the Teachable platform is a separate website to KYD you will need to create a new account, and will not be able to use your KYD login details.
I'm a KYD member. How do I receive my 10% discount?
Click on 'Enrol in course for $149'. Enter the coupon code that was emailed to you when you became a KYD member at checkout, underneath the tutor's photo.
What if I have another question?
You can email us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!

Get started now!