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Life Writing

Tell your story, your way…

Do you have a story to tell from your own experiences? We’ll show you how to bring it to life through storytelling methods and structure. More detail

Upcoming course dates

StartsSaturday 23 January 2016

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenSaturday classes
(two consecutive Saturdays)


Presenter Patti Miller

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Location Melbourne
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(two consecutive days)


Presenter Patti Miller

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Course description

Write your story

The Australian Writers’ Centre is delighted to present a course on Life Writing with Patti Miller. The course explores creative autobiographical writing and will set you on the journey of writing your life. Patti is the author of the bestselling book Writing Your Life and she will show you how to shape your experiences into a well written, absorbing story.

The course will help you:

  • awaken memory and creativity
  • create the lived reality of your experience on the page
  • bring details to life
  • find structure to your work
  • and MUCH more.

There will be some readings, discussion and lots of writing with individual comment on your work. By its completion you will have made a start on your life story and have the confidence and techniques to continue.

You know you have a story to tell.

It’s your story.

You can be young, old, or any age in between.

  • You don’t need decades of experience to write about your life.
  • You don’t have to write about achieving success or overcoming obstacles.
  • You can have a perfectly ordinary life – and this course will help you learn how to find and reveal the extraordinary part of it.
  • You’ll discover, heal, share and explore a world of writing that’s bound to change … your life.

Exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?

So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!

Your presenters

  • Patti Miller

    Patti Miller, Melbourne, Sydney

    Patti Miller has taught creative writing, with a particular focus on autobiographical writing, for more than 20 years.... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "Patti's approach to the topic was a good balance of presentation and writing exercises. I gained so much valuable information and have told many people that it is not an exaggeration for me to say it was 'life changing'. Patti has a great ability to provide honest feedback while at the same time being very encouraging. She creates an atmosphere of support where even the least experienced life writer (I put myself in that group) feels inspired, not diminished by the more experienced participants."

    - Linda Chaousis

    "I enjoyed the supportive environment; interaction with other participants; and feedback on written material. Patti is simply magic. She is a very talented facilitator for creativity and a thoroughly likable person. She is an entertaining and sensitive presenter who is skilled at helping each person to gain access to and realise their own creativity. She offers intelligent advice at every level."

    - Lee Harris

    "The two days have fired almost every remaining neuron in my brain and I now have the means to catch and order the bits so I can share my story with others."

    - Ian Reid

    "The benefits of doing this course were priceless. Not only did my writing passion and skill increase, but it allowed me to truly find myself. Patti's techniques, exercises and experience allows you to look at yourself, evaluate yourself and find your true self through writing. It has increased my confidence, my skill and my desire to write. Thank you so much."

    - Nat Watson

    "The course pinpointed the areas of writing that I'd never thought about. The homework/exercises/readings made total sense. I am rewriting another draft of my memoir and feel that I can enrich it so much!"

    - Lara Friedman