Join experienced author and editor Lee Kofman for an insightful course all about writing honest and authentic memoirs.
Writers’ best works usually dwell in the caves of shame. Shame is a reliable barometer to detect those urgent stories we need to tell. But how do we find the right language to write about what makes us blush?
This workshop aims to help memoirists find the courage to write about what matters to them by using group discussions, some theory and writing exercises. It will help you to foster the ability to connect to your urgent themes and critical thinking around the ethics of memoir. It will also offer strategies to deal with shame when writing about the uncomfortable, and strategies to write with distance and self-reflection about difficult subject matter.
Dr Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books (published in Israel, in Hebrew) and two works of creative nonfiction (published in Australia, in English). Her memoir The Dangerous Bride: A memoir of Love, Gods and Geography (Melbourne University Press 2014) has been included in Best Books 2014 (The Age and Australian Book Review) and 2015 (The Age). Her most recent book is Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become (Affirm Press, 2019); there Lee examines how our appearance can impact our lives by using her own life story and the stories of people she met.