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9th Sep 2023

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Athy Community Library


Connections Through Literature - Masterclass in Memoir with Arnold Thomas Fanning

Course Summary:

Memoir presents both challenges and rewards to the writer exploring this fascinating genre. In this Masterclass writer Arnold Thomas Fanning will introduce participants to the fundamentals of understanding and writing Memoir, a form that can cover a wide array of subjects, but ultimately is rooted and grounded in the life experiences of the writer, based on their memories. In this practical three-hour Masterclass in writing Memoir, participants will explore themes such as veracity, ethics, motivations, & approaches, all the while navigating both the potentials and limitations of memory. This course is aimed at those with some experience in writing in other forms who now wish to explore the genre of Memoir for the first time.

Course Outline:
Participants will be introduced to key themes in, and approaches to, Memoir, read and discuss a variety of examples of meaningful and significant Memoir texts, have the opportunity to write a short passage of memoir based on a prompt, and share and critique each other’s work in a supportive, constructive, and encouraging way.


Please apply by 12 noon on Friday 18th of August 2023. Applicants will be notified of decisions by Friday 25th of August.

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