Memoir, autobiographical non-fiction and personal essays are intimately bound to true life. Yet many writers approach the business of confession too literally, mistaking candour for craft. In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to shape personal material into compelling narrative with author of Insomnia Marina Benjamin. Through a series of readings, discussion and writing exercises, Marina will help you to better understand the uses and limitations of raw honesty in autobiographical writing, and how to use voice and transparency to connect with others through your story.

This year, Sydney Writers' Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop (20 spots across the week) for writers who otherwise may not have the access to participate. To be considered for a position, please complete an application form by 12 April. Selected participants will be notified by email from the week starting 15 April. 

Marina Benjamin (International)

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Marina Benjamin is a writer, editor and author of The Middlepause, Rocket Dreams (shortlisted for the Eugene Emme Award), Last Days in Babylon (longlisted for the Wingate Prize) and Living at the End of the World. As a journalist, she's written for most of the British broadsheets and served as Arts Editor at the New Statesman and Deputy Arts Editor at the Evening Standard. She is currently a senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon. Her most recent book Insomnia has been praised widely.