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Memoir Writing in Paris

These 17 days could change your life

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

Upcoming course dates

 

StartsNorthern spring Memoir Writing in Paris: Thursday 19 May 2016 to Saturday 4 June 2016
Northern autumn Memoir Writing in Paris: Thursday 20 October 2016 to Saturday 5 November 2016

Location Overseas

WhenNorthern spring and Northern autumn

Price

Presenter Patti Miller

Course description

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 spring Memoir Writing in Paris:
Thursday 19 May 2016 to Saturday 4 June 2016

Northern autumn Memoir Writing in Paris:
Thursday 20 October 2016 to Saturday 5 November 2016

Click here to request a tour brochure
from Bookshop Travel.

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:

  • A carefully selected reading list,
  • A comprehensive lecture on French memoir.
  • A literary ramble with a Literary walk guide, David Burke, author of ‘Writers in Paris’.
  • A literary soirée.

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.

Click here to request a tour brochure
from Bookshop Travel.

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

  • "I would recommend this tour as a life-changing experience. Patti is a fabulous, generous, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher."

    - Anni Webster

    "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

    "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

    "I loved the opportunity to step out of my everyday life and immerse myself in a totally different culture and set of experiences. I liked looking at this new world with the eyes of a writer. I liked taking part in the workshops and concentrating on literary topics. Patti was an inspiration. Her presentations were professional and well thought out. Her advice was honest and encouraging. I liked the way she led the workshops, discussions and class sharing with a compassionate, but no–nonsense manner. It was an experience that I will hold dear forever."

    - Wendy Fitzgerald