June Weekend Memoir Workshop
Our second memoir weekend workshop took us to a historical seaside house in Western Victoria. Wood, Wine and Words: hours spent by the large fireplace grappling with representations of the self on the page, the imagery of place, the complex structuring of a story that spans many years and stages along a life.
This workshop inspired the starting of a salon where we can meet, connect, share, understand how language can be tamed to craft our memoirs.
And here is the salon …
Recently I was privileged to attend a Memoir Workshop Weekend run by Josiane Behmoiras at a country property west of Geelong. It was fabulous to spend time and work with like-minded strong interesting women, especially Josiane, a mentor of considerable expertise. There was much constructive guidance and tuition and time for quiet writing and sharing. Terrific, intelligent and stimulating conversation re our common, but individual projects, essentially our lives.
The backdrop of nurturing country hospitality provided by our lovely hosts Chris and Peter complimented the ambience.
I returned home with new tools and a different, but exciting mindset re the development of my memoir story. Josiane is a skilled teacher, writer and communicator and delightful company. I look forward to another enriching workshop with her.
Anne-Maree Hone, April 2016
Thanks for a terrific weekend. It was a pleasure to be in such good company to work through the issues of structure and beginnings. I finally got to the nub of my story.
Siobhan Sheridan, April 2016
The weekend course offered so much more that I wasn’t expecting and that made the weekend so special, such as great people, who made me feel supported in my recounting my experiences, yummy food and good conversational over meals, and a beautiful setting, both house and landscape. Tutorials provided excellent guidance and teaching that hit the target with respect to my project and began to clarify so much that I had been wrangling over.
Kate, April 2016
Josi’s weekend workshop was superb, most helpful. I am still putting down the first draft, and it was all looking a bit daunting. After the weekend, I now have a potential structure for the memoir, including a potential beginning and ending (which I didn’t have before the workshop). Josi’s help in how to construct scenes was invaluable. In fact, all of the exercises that we did were most helpful – a number of things that I wrote during the weekend will go straight into the memoir. Josi has a nice combination of encouragement, constructive criticism and productive left-field suggestions. She goes beyond the call of duty. Thanks to the weekend’s work, I feel invigorated and much clearer – now I just need to carve out more time to keep on writing!
David Morawetz, June 2016
Special thanks to Josi for her lovely approach, and endless knowledge and advice on all things writing! It is such a warm and encouraging environment for learning the many, many tactics for good writing. These weekends give me such a shot in the arm and make me think that maybe one day I just might achieve that distant goal called publication! This latest session, covering voice, was so brilliant, and I've come away with excerpts that I wrote over the two days that I will use in my manuscript as well as valuable techniques to achieve something that needs to be woven seemlessly into the story.
Kate, October 2016
During my first weekend with Josiane, I clarified the beginning and the end of my memoir. During my second weekend, I clarified its structure. These three major items had all been a real problem – such a relief to have them solved. I have also come away with about 2,000 words that will go into the memoir. On both weekends, I found the writing exercises extremely helpful. Thank you so much!
David Morawetz, October 2016