The most powerful memoirs are not just plot-driven page-turners – they are emotionally compelling stories, with rich layers of meaning that resonate with the reader long after they’ve finished reading. In this half-day workshop, author Nicola Redhouse (Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind) takes you through strategies, exercises, discussions and techniques – like juxtaposition, symbolism and braiding – to get you thinking about how to give your memoir more than just its surface plot. 

Sydney Writers’ Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop for writers who may not otherwise be able to participate. Find more information and an online application form here.

Nicola Redhouse (Australian)

Nicola Redhouse

Nicola Redhouse is the Melbourne-based author of Unlike the Heart: a memoir of brain and mind. Her essays and journalism appear in The Monthly, The Australian, Island, Women’s Agenda and the anthology Rebellious Daughters; and her fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Meanjin and Kill Your Darlings. She teaches creative writing sessionally at RMIT and has worked as a book editor since 2005.