The author of bestselling memoir Love Child talks about how to draw a compelling narrative out of the rough material of your life.
Masterclass: How to Write a Memoir
Speaker: Allegra Huston
When: Wednesday 27th October 2021, 6:30pm UK time (BST)
Where: Online – join us from anywhere in the world
Price: £10-£30 / FREE to members
Booking: Eventbrite (Limited places available – book early!)
How to Write a Memoir – with Allegra Huston
Memoirs are the hot publishing trend. They have become hugely popular in recent years, and frequently top the bestseller charts. While not everyone has a novel in them, everyone has a life story to tell. But how do you turn yours into a compelling narrative?
Where does the story begin and end? What is it actually about? What are the legal issues? And how do you write authentically without worrying about hurting people you love?
Allegra Huston is the author of the bestselling memoir Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found. She runs an annual 5-day residential workshop in memoir writing, and has taught writing courses at the University of Oklahoma, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the UK’s prestigious Arvon Foundation. She is currently developing an online community for people who are exploring writing as a creative pursuit, at imaginativestormwriting.circle.so
This is your chance to learn how to write a memoir from a bestselling memoirist and writing tutor. Benefit from Allegra Huston’s expertise in memoir writing in just 90 minutes. Join us for this illuminating masterclass – and learn how to draw a compelling narrative out of the rough material of your life.
What we will cover:
- What memoir is – and what it isn’t
- How to develop a narrative structure – and choose which aspects of your life story to focus on
- How to write authentically – without worrying about what people will think!
- How to develop your characters on the page (even if they are real people)
- How to build your setting
- How to edit your work
- Legal issues to be aware of around memoir writing
- Valuable insights, practical tips and inspiring advice on how to write a memoir from Allegra Huston
- Your chance to ask Allegra anything about memoir writing
- A one-page PDF download with useful prompts for memoir writing
- Access to a video replay of the event
About Allegra Huston
Allegra Huston is the author of the memoirLove Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found, the novel A Stolen Summer, and many screenplays. She is a contributor to One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us, which combines memoir and fiction. and she has also written two guides for authors: How to Edit and be Edited and, with James Navé, How to Read for an Audience. These are both available through her publishing company Twice 5 Miles – and Publishing Talk members get a 25% discount on the digital editions.
Allegra grew up in London, Ireland, Long Island, Los Angeles, and Mexico, where her father, film director John Huston, lived for the last decades of his life. She read English at Hertford College, Oxford, then spent nine years in publishing in London, first at Chatto & Windus and then as Editorial Director of Weidenfeld & Nicolson. In her thirty years as an editor she has worked with three Booker Prize winners and two Nobel Prize winners, as well as Sir James Goldsmith and Jane Goodall.
She is currently developing an online community for people who are exploring writing as a creative pursuit, at imaginativestormwriting.circle.so, with a Prompt of the Week available on the Imaginative Storm YouTube channel and Facebook page and a forthcoming audio course, Imaginative Storm Writer Training.
About Love Child
‘Extraordinary… she is an absolutely outstanding writer, incapable of writing a dull sentence’ – Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
When Allegra Huston was four years old, her mother was killed in a car crash. Soon afterwards, she was introduced to an intimidating man wreathed in cigar smoke – the legendary film director John Huston – with the words, ‘This is your father.’
So began an extraordinary odyssey: from the magical Huston estate in Ireland, to the Long Island suburbs, to a hidden paradise in Mexico – and, at the side of her older sister, Anjelica, into the hilltop retreats of Jack Nicholson, Ryan O’Neal and Marlon Brando. Allegra’s is the penetrating gaze of an outsider never quite sure if she belongs in this rarefied world and of a motherless child trying to make sense of her famous, far-flung family. Then, at the age of 12, Allegra’s precarious sense of self is shattered when she is, once more, introduced to her father – her real one, this time, the British aristocrat and historian John Julius Norwich.
Beautifully written and forensically honest, Love Child is an exploration of the secrets of a fragmented family, and Allegra’s compelling attempt to unite those fragments and forge a connection with the mother she never knew.
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