Memoir Workshop Weekend with writers Sophie Pierce and Tanya Shadrick
September 30 at 9:00 am - October 3 at 5:00 pm
An immersive weekend workshop for beginning and emerging non-fiction writers who want to give new life to past experiences.
Join memoir writers Tanya Shadrick (The Cure for Sleep) and Sophie Pierce (The Green Hill) to explore surprising and powerful ways to bring your places and people onto the page. Whether you are writing about your life for personal meaning, or you hope to craft a memoir for publication, this workshop will help you tap into your memories and bring them into shape.
This residential weekend will take place at the beautiful Trevadlock Manor in the heart of the Cornish countryside near Launceston. During the weekend there will be sessions both inside and out, to help you find your voice and give you the tools to harness your ideas. Topics covered will include:
- Mapping a place
- Framing experiences
- Creating a narrative
- Techniques for building pace, focus and emotional impact
- How to pitch, including crafting an ‘elevator pitch’
- How to build a social media profile
- The publishing process for memoir and non-fiction
- One-to-ones for personal feedback and development
Tanya Shadrick is a former hospice scribe who now works in public spaces to encourage others to share stories and take creative risks. She has been a visiting writer at many places including Virginia Woolf’s garden at Monk’s House and the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland. Her critically-acclaimed memoir The Cure for Sleep: A Late-Waking Life is the story of her life before and after sudden near death as a new mother.
Sophie Pierce worked as a radio and TV reporter for BBC South West for many years, as well as writing features for newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. She is the co-author of several wild swimming guides. Her memoir The Green Hill: Letters to a Son, is the story of the sudden death of her son and how she navigated the weathers and tides of grief.
Prices start from £400 for the 3-night stay, fully catered from dinner on Friday night to breakfast on Monday morning. Individuals can choose to leave on Sunday evening if they prefer. All sessions will finish by early evening (5/6pm) on Sunday. If you would prefer not to stay at Trevadlock Manor and attend the workshops during the day, prices start from £200.
*Full payment must be made at the point of booking. For all enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.