Experience Opportunity

Writing Autobiographical Stories (Online With Isley Lynn)

Wednesday 24 November, 6.30pm - 9.30pm, on Zoom.

Isley's smash hit 'Skin A Cat' was deeply personal, drawing entirely* on real experiences. In fact there's an element of autobiography in all of her plays, proof that writing what you know (what you really really know) can meaningfully touch others and progress your career. It's many people's first steps into writing, as well as rich territory for mid-career and established writers and theatremakers.

But when writing from life, it can be difficult to know how to transform individual experiences into drama: What do I keep in and what do I leave out? What's interesting to everyone, not just me? What responsibilities do I have to other real people in the story? How do I share deep truths and still protect myself? How do I make memories dramatic? How do I tell a story with a beginning, middle and end if I'll still living it?

Through visual models, writing exercises, and lots of discussion, this workshop will help anyone with a personal story to tell - not just writers - discover how to find the universal in your unique experiences, how to tell the truth without being restricted by it, and how to make your story accessible without losing its singular essence.