StartsThursday 20 October 2016 to Saturday 5 November 2016
Presenter Patti Miller
Writing classes in the mornings from Australia’s best memoir writing mentor, Patti Miller. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the streets of this inspiring city. More detail
Writing classes in the mornings from Australia’s best memoir writing mentor, Patti Miller. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the streets of this inspiring city.
Northern autumn Memoir Writing in Paris:
Thursday 20 October 2016 to Saturday 5 November 2016
Imagine living in an apartment in Paris. You’ll be learning the art of writing in the mornings from Australia’s best memoir writing mentor, Patti Miller. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the streets of this amazing city, soak up the Parisian atmosphere, people watch in the cafes, sample delicious French cuisine and visit beautiful galleries and museums.
Memoir writing in Paris – in spring, the traditional season of change and renewal, the light and leaves are fresh, and blossoms spill from balconies. Or in early autumn, the traditional season of memory and reflection, the light and leaves are golden. The cafes buzz with discussion, and your heart and mind sing with the richness of history, beauty and pleasure as you step out of your own apartment on the way to writing class.
These 17 days could change your life.
A writing course
This writing sojourn is centred on a series of nine half-day classes with Australia’s leading teacher of memoir, Patti Miller. The classes start on Sunday then run from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday each week, the equivalent a semester-long course. This course offers a deep immersion in the ideas, techniques and practice of writing memoir and has been designed to extend and enrich all levels of experience. Also included is a one-hour individual writing consultation with your writing guide, Patti Miller.
A literary feast
Writing is enriched by the experience of a literary culture and so this sojourn also offers a range of literary experiences:
The writer’s life in a Parisian apartment
One of the most exciting and original aspects of this sojourn is that you will be living the writing life in an individual and authentic Parisian apartment, not in a tourist hotel. We have selected a variety of apartments each within one of the fascinating arrondissements (localities) of central Paris. All will be within either a walk or easy Metro or bus ride of the class venue.
Your Paris writing tutor
Patti Miller is your tour director and writing teacher. She is the author of the best-selling Writing Your Life, the most popular text for life writing in Australia, as well as The Last One Who Remembers, Child, Whatever The Gods Do, The Memoir Book, the award-winning The Mind of a Thief, and her most recent Ransacking Paris, released in 2015.
Many of her personal essays and articles have been published in literary magazines, Good Weekend and other national publications. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in writing from UTS, and has 30 years’ teaching experience in universities and writers’ centres around Australia, and 10 years teaching Memoir Writing in Paris.
Patti Miller, Melbourne, Sydney
Patti Miller has taught creative writing, with a particular focus on autobiographical writing, for more than 20 years.... View Profile
"The trip exceeded all expectations. It was an extraordinary two weeks that provided invaluable input and established new friends and writing contacts. And all this in Paris – 'a postgraduate course in everything!'"
- Anne Whaite
"The overall experience was great. I met some really interesting people and made some friends that I hope to keep in touch with. Of course just being in Paris is a fantastic experience, the course brought focus to the experience."
- Annette Hicks
"It was one of the most creatively inspiring experiences I have had and would recommend it to anyone who wants to write and be inspired to write."
- Jacinta Bayard
"Inspiring and freeing. Patti created a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere in class and I always felt safe with Martine there – her local knowledge is a great asset to anyone who has the privilege of being in her company."
- Mary Louise Wawatai
"I would recommend this tour as a life-changing experience. Patti is a fabulous, generous, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher."
- Anni Webster