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Untold Stories – Writing Memoir with Katy Massey
Untold Stories is an online course designed to teach you how to start writing memoir – your own lived experience.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to write down your life story, but don’t know how to start? Or you want to get your life experience out into the world and provide a record for your family? This course will allow you to get your story out of your head and onto the page.
Over the six weeks of this course we will be looking at: how to choose the building blocks of your story, how to start it, and what to include and what to leave out. You will also discover how to use research, stay motivated and to judge your reader’s expectations.
About the tutor
This self-paced course is led by journalist and author, Katy Massey
Katy Massey is the author of 2020 memoir Are we home yet?, subsequently shortlisted for the Jhalak and Portico prizes.
After a long career as a financial journalist Katy Massey began to take her creative writing seriously around a decade ago. She completed a PhD in memoir writing and autobiography at Newcastle University in 2010. She has subsequently conceived and managed several Arts Council-funded projects around increasing minority participation in literary activities. She is published in the Common People anthology (ed. Kit de Waal, 2019) and her memoir Are we home yet? is published by Jacaranda. Katy is currently working on a novel set in Leeds during the time of the Yorkshire Ripper.