Memoir Writing in Paris

Live as a local in this once-in-a-lifetime sojourn.

This course is ideal for: Memoir writers and anyone who ever wanted to live in Paris

If this course were a song:
"Non, je ne regrette rien" by Edith Piaf








12 October 2017
17 days
16 nights
On application

City of memoirs...

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 and literary feast

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.

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.

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