Monday, June 13, 2011

Legacy Writing

The genre of Life Writing has been around for years, and has always had an unstated rule that the best time to write one's life story is when you have a vast amount to look back on and reflect.

But lives are lived moment by moment, complete with misjudgements, wrong turnings, naive beliefs and self justification. Being able to record your thoughts in the moment add to the rounding out of your story, beyond just being a reflective monologue, looking back. In the same way that photographs have always shown you as you were then, complete with gap-toothed grins, or slicked back hair or nose studs and fluffy dice.

The ongoing development of electronic media (blogging, online publishing, social media) allows us more freedom to record our moments in time, as the camera and the hard-bound diary have always done. They say, ‘This is how I was then,’ for better or worse. ‘Yes, I really wore flared jeans and thought Jason from the Second XV was dreamy, or that I wanted to be a real estate tycoon, or laid out the starkness of the fears I had when the ultrasound was ‘inconclusive.’

These moments can be part of your legacy, moments to be passed on. You don’t need to wait until your sun is beginning to set, to capture them in words. You may not have time later to capture them. The time to record them is now. The time to learn about voice and style and narrative structure to record them as your storytelling legacy is also now.

The Story Bridge team and Whangarei Libraries have partnered together to host a weekend of legacy writing workshops at the end of Matariki (9-10 July 2011), with funding from the Whangarei District Creative Communities Scheme.
Preference will be given to those living in the Whangarei area.

Workshop 1: Legacy writing for beginners, Saturday 9 July 2011, 9.15am - 12.15pm
Venue: May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Workshop themes: How to start, what to focus on and why. We'll show you how to map out a basic structure that will provide you with a path to follow once the workshop ends. Tutor: James George
Cost: $25 per person. Places limited: to a maximum of 20 people
RSVP: By 5 July 2011

Workshop 2: Legacy writing for beginners (a repeat of the above workshop) Saturday 9 July 2011, 1 - 4 pm
Venue: May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Tutor: James George
Cost: $25 per person. Places limited: to a maximum of 20 people
RSVP: By 5 July 2011

Workshop 3: Legacy writing for advanced writers, Sunday 10 July 2011, 9.15am - 12.15pm (for those who have completed 10,000 words or more)
Venue: May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Workshop themes: How to structure the events. How to manage the time lines - whether in flashbacks, time shifts, or showing how one thing led to another. Deciding what to emphasise in your story. Rewriting, refining and editing. Tutor: James George
Cost: $25 per person. Places limited: to a maximum of 20 people
RSVP: By 5 July 2011

Workshop 4: How to self-publish your own book, especially for legacy and life writers. Sunday 10 July 2011, 1 - 4 pm
Venue: May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Workshop themes: This workshop will show you the right steps from word document to finished book - the 'nuts and bolts' of self-publishing, including costs and how to get an ISBN.
Tutor: Jocelyn Watkin
Cost: $25 per person. Places limited: to a maximum of 20 people
RSVP: By 5 July 2011

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