Writing from life

On Tuesday 21st of May, we hosted a workshop on life writing given by Margaret K Johnson.


Margaret walked us through how go begin writing from life. First, she showed examples such as Toast by Nigel Slater.  We also looked at Shop Girl by Mary Portas.

Attendees were then tasked with coming up with 10 chapter titles similar to Mary Portas’ book, picking out what first came to mind in our past. Once we had done this, we each read them out.

Finally, we were tasked to make a start on one of those chapters. What significance did the item have? Did it have a story to it, or even several?


The group had a great time, and we were even able to read some of our work. It was interesting to hear what items had certain associations to different people.

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The NWC would like to thank Margaret for her engaging workshop. It’s certainly made both members and guests think different about memoir writing.