A good memoir is not a long document of our lives: it captures and frames fascinating moments and experiences in our lives. Getting started on such a project may sound daunting to you. Don’t despair. This workshop aims to help you write good and readable memoirs. It will give you the feel of good memoir and guide you from idea organizing and initial planning, through some actual writing, and ends with some practical tips on getting your memoirs published. It’s a hands-on, participatory workshop, made lively with discussion, fascinating and entertaining examples and group sharing.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- research information for their memoirs
- plan and organize their writing
- draw upon good models of memoir writing
- explore ways of presenting their recollections
- know how to keep their readers reading
- make the beginnings of a good memoir
- What are memoirs?
- What makes a good memoir
- Getting started on the writing
- Shaping the story: developing an outline
- Researching background information
- Memorable beginnings – the initial impact
- Sustaining reader interest
- Pruning and polishing
- Ending with a bang
- Looking for a publisher
The workshop will use discussion, analysis of other memoirs, hands-on group, pair and individual work to expose the writers to a rich and varied writing environment and inspire them to make the most of their writing skills.
About the trainer: Susan Amy
Susan Amy, a native of England, has spent the past 17 years designing and running many tailored courses in areas such as business presentation skills, business communication, interpersonal skills, public relations, telephone techniques and business and technical writing for multinational corporations in banking, petroleum, telecommunication and various manufacturing industries.
Susan has worked with the Singapore National Institute of Education (NIEI – international branch), RELC (SEAMEO) Language Teaching Institute, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), Temasek Polytechnic and the Singapore Teachers’ Union (STU).
Susan has a particular interest in teaching pronunciation, spoken English and oral presentation skills and is an enthusiastic proponent of active learning. In 2011, she managed and prepared materials for a language laboratory-based pronunciation programme for Vietnam and running a 3-month, whole-school, integrated partnership with Singapore schools.
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.
All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.
Cancellation & Substitution
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.