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Build your skills to write moving memoirs

Chatting and reminiscing with friends always presents a wonderful time to share life’s stories and memories.

Taking the next steps to capture these stories in a memoir can seem daunting, however with the right tips and tools thanks to Sunshine Coast Libraries’ memoir writing workshop, it will be well worth the effort.

Proudly presented by Sunshine Coast Libraries in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Creative Writing Institute, the fun and interactive memoir writing workshop will be held at the Nambour RSL on Sunday, July 17, at 9am.

Aspiring writers are invited to join the hands-on session with award-winning authors Paul Williams and Shelley Davidow.

The six-hour workshop will reveal trade secrets on memoir writing, learn techniques to use dialogue to develop characters and how to push the plot along.

Participants will learn inspiring techniques to detail events from their own life to create a compelling narrative.

Sunshine Coast Libraries Coordinator Library Services Jane Stronach said biographies and memoirs have always been popular with library members being in the top ten most popular non-fiction catalogue categories.

“Library members have borrowed memoir-related titles over 99,120 times in the catalogues history,” Ms Stronach said.

“We look to the collection to shape our workshops for the community and our members. Libraries have been hosting a series of larger writing workshops with popular themes such as short stories and romance writing with experienced published authors and presenters.”

Memoir writing, which is different to an autobiography, is a reflection or collection of memories.

The Diary of Anne Frank, Angela’s Ashes, Becoming by Michelle Obama and of course the multi-million selling Eat, Pray, Love are all examples of how memoirs resonate with people.

The workshop is $50 per person with registration essential.

Tickets include morning tea and lunch. Bring your own personal writing tools or device.

When: Sunday, July 17, 2022

Location: Nambour RSL, 14 Mathew Street, Nambour

Time: Doors open 8.30am for registration for a 9am start. Finishes at 3pm.

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Memoir Writing Workshop

Did you know? Sunshine Coast Libraries offer more than just books! Available at Sunshine Coast:
• Host events and run programs
• Community-use podcast studio
• Online resources, including the eLibrary where members can borrow, download and stream books, films, magazines, music and more all for free
• Story Seats, located in 10 of the region’s most stunning local parks which incorporate children’s stories into the seats’ designs for families to enjoy
• Adult Literacy program, which has taught thousands of residents how to read and write.

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