Writing a Memoir.
The Memoir Course.
Our online writing course will guide you every step of the way as to how to tell your story.
With the prize-winning memoir author Tim Lott.
Start today at just £149 *. Happy writing.
What is a 'memoir'?
A memoir is not the same as an autobiography. It's not a chronological account of one's lifetime. A memoir is story-shaped and the author selects material from experience suited to its story purpose. A memoir is carefully composed to be as page-turning as any work of fiction and derives its wit and energy from its purpose which is to give a first person account of a particular individual experience of interest to readers. The Novelry helps writers become published authors by making sure they understand how story works.
You’ll enjoy the original, practical guidance from an acclaimed author and memoirist via video and text lessons. Lean on the step-by-step guidance to compose your own successful memoir.
Prize-winning author Tim Lott will show you how to write a skilful and affecting memoir in 15 unique and memorable lessons.
With Tim Lott
“Art requires fearless scrutiny of yourself and the world around you.” Tim Lott.
Tim Lott is the author of the Penguin Modern Classic 'The Scent of Dried Roses' a memoir which won the prestigious PEN/Ackerley Prize. (His second book, the novel, White City Blue won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel.)
Tim is a story-expert, a novelist and journalist and a highly experienced writing mentor. Our members can book online coaching sessions with him.
“Tim Lott is one of the few novelists who truly understands the demands of story structure. His passionate exploration of the role of structure is both truly exciting to listen to – and revelatory.” John Yorke.
'Gritty professional memoirs are the hot publishing trend.'
Financial Times, November 2019.
Join us and write an outstanding memoir. Your course starts the moment you sign up.
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We are the home of happy writing. Your confidence will build daily with achievable daily writing counts (slow and steady) and troubleshooting on tap thanks to your tutor on call. Read our testimonials and reviews to reassure yourself that there's no course like this one. You'll be so thrilled you joined us, within days, not weeks from now.
“The Memoir course is fantastic!” Claire Collis, UK.
Book Your Session With Tim.
If you're a member of The Novelry, your next steps upon graduating the course are to get feedback on your Memoir from Tim which you can do in single sessions via our booking page. Alternatively, whether you're taking the course or have completed it, you can book a tutoring call with Tim Lott as a paid bolt-on call from just £75 at our booking page.
Am I Writing a Memoir or a Novel?
Good question! It's not always as clear cut as it seems. If you're presenting a highly-unique and interesting (unusual and life-changing) experience which you yourself have had, then it's probably best to go with Memoir. You can present something that may be challenging or even educational for others with credibility and authenticity.
If you're writing about a series of experiences, over the course of your lifetime, you should be writing autobiography but if you'e not in the public eye, the honest truth is it's unlikely to find a publisher.
If you'd like to incorporate a few events you've experienced, which are not particularly life-changing, but you'd like to use them as material for a story about someone else, then it sounds like it's a novel.
What's important, however is that when writing a novel, we are telling someone else's story. Sure, we novelists use our experiences, but it's not about us. If it is, the novel rarely succeeds. If you'd like to write a story about someone else, imagined by yourself, go for our Ninety Day Novel courses.
Gift the Memoir Course.
( It's so easy, and such a kind and good gift to give.)
Send the course to someone special. Simply purchase the course, then email us at [email protected] with your friend's email address and we will send a personalised gift card from you to your lucky friend with a password for access to the course.
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