Memoir Writing Workshop with Damian Barr

Saturday 18th May
Pelham House, Lewes
9.30am – 5pm
£120, includes tea, coffee and lunch at Pelham House

“Everybody has a story to tell. However seemingly ordinary or extraordinary your life is – or was. The contemporary memoir – people like you and me telling our tales – is tellingly popular. To make readers care as much about your story as you do, you must have the finesse of fiction.” In this one-day workshop writer, columnist, playwright and salonnière Damian Barr shows how to focus your life story giving it literary credibility by casting yourself as the central character. Barr’s own memoir Maggie and Me (‘a work of stealthy genius’ – Maggie O’Farrell) is published by Bloomsbury this year.
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Looking, Walking, Remembering with Olivia Laing

Friday 24 May
10am – 5pm
£120, includes tea, coffee and lunch at Charleston

The New York School was a collective of writers and artists in 1960s Manhattan with an infectiously original way of looking at the world. In this workshop, we’ll be exploring two of the School’s greatest works: Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems and Joe Brainard’s I Remember. These small, wonderful books are full of technical strategies for looking, walking and remembering, all of which can be applied to our own creative work.
Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She’s the author of To the River and The Trip to Echo Spring and is currently working on The Lonely City, a cultural history of the complex crosscurrents between loneliness, cities and art.
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Or call Charleston on 01323 811626