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Introduction to Memoir

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 about writing not just about ourselves but about family and friends, and how this project might impact them,

This workshop is designed for writers of all levels and experience who would like to develop that 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.

Through a series of dynamic writing exercises and key insights into the creative practice, this workshop will assist you drawing out memories and shaping them into a story, crafting a sustained and interesting narrative structure around your fragmented life experiences, and how to work through the inevitable 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.


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.


Class 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.
Does the teacher provide feedback?
Not at present. If you are interested in receiving feedback on your project, we encourage you to check out Kill Your Darlings' Manuscript Assessments found here: https://killyourdarlings.com.au/shop/manuscript-assessments/
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 24 hours and we will give you a full refund.

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