Is it possible to tell the truth and keep your family, friendships and dignity relatively intact? And can anything be ‘invented’ in memoir? How far can a writer go in creating ‘life-like’ situations? We will look at the very real reasons for avoiding the truth, navigate the borderlands with fiction, explore ways of telling the truth and surviving – and find out when searing honesty becomes navel-gazing. Author Patti Miller (Ransacking Paris) offers creative guidance and practical writing exercises.

On receipt of booking, we will ask you to confirm any special requirements, including access needs. While not all rooms in Science House are fully accessible, we are committed to ensuring that all participants can attend all workshops.

With thanks to NYU Sydney.

Patti Miller (Australian)

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Patti Miller is the author of Australia's best-selling life writing texts; Writing Your Life and The Memoir Book, as well a novel, Child, and four memoirs/narrative nonfictions; The Last One Who Remembers, Whatever the Gods Do, the award-winning The Mind of a Thief, and Ransacking Paris. She has also had numerous articles and personal essays published in magazines, literary journals and newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian and The Guardian Australia. Patti teaches Faber Writing Academy’s True Stories indepth lifewriting course and has been teaching life writing for more than twenty years at universities and writers' centres around Australia.