The Perils of Memoir Writing
This workshop will explore the perils and satisfactions of memoir writing, with illustrations from Helen’s own memoir, The Winter is Past. We will address such questions as ‘what version of the truth do you tell’, ‘how can I best shape the narrative?‘ and ‘how truthful can you be?’ Participants will be encouraged to share small pieces of their own writing.
Helen Weston has degrees in English Literature and Feminist Theology. She is a teacher, a writer, a couple therapist and the mother of two sons, but she was also an Anglican nun for five years. Her recently updated memoir, The Winter is Past, describes her decision to leave the convent and her controversial relationship with a Benedictine abbot whom she subsequently married.