X-Lit: Ways into Memoir

X-Lit: Ways into Memoir

An intensive weekend exploring life writing with acclaimed poet and memoirist Hannah Lowe.

It’s all in the art. You get no credit for living – V.S. Pritchett

As fiction and non-fiction continue their evolving relationship, the question of how to turn life into art becomes ever more interesting. This weekend course is for writers who wish to address truth, fact, or non-fiction from their own lives, or another’s.  We will explore ways to transform personal material into compelling narrative, looking at work by some of the most exciting memoirists writing today, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maggie Nelson, Lyn Hejinian, Alexander Master, and Vivian Gornick, to name just a few. The course will involve plenty of close reading of both traditional and experimental memoir (including work which overlaps or uses poetry), alongside writing exercises aimed to kickstart your own exploration into writing from life.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey). Please contact [email protected] for further information.
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About Hannah Lowe View Profile

Hannah Lowe has published two full collections of poetry – Chick, which won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection, and Chan. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation British poets. She has also published four chapbooks – most recently, The Neighbourhood – and a family memoir, Long Time No See. She lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University. www.hannahlowe.org. https://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/hannah-lowe

‘I really enjoy being part of a community of poets, and the courses give me an opportunity to have a poetry practice.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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