workshops are a rewarding and enjoyable experience. You will learn from
the other participants as well as having an immediate response to your
work from the tutor. The creative  and encouraging atmosphere of a workshop
is a great learning experience for both beginners and more
Patti Miller offers a range of different workshops. Ongoing weekly , morning or evening, courses are available in the Sydney area and the Blue Mountains, while
weekend and day courses are offered elsewhere. Any individual or group
may contact LSW and arrange a course, or ask if your local writers centre can arrange a course. Specialised life writing courses
for particular interest groups such as Aborigines, senior citizens, women,
environmental groups, refugees and others, can be arranged. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Inspiring and exciting introduction to autobiographical
We will explore various
aspects of life writing including setting started, accessing memory,
vivid detail and structure. Can
be offered as a 1 day ‘Taste’, a 2– 5 day Intensive, or an ongoing 6, 8 or 10
Memoir (and Follow-up Life Writing)
Extending and developing life writing skills, focussing on the
Memoir – an aspect or period of a life. It is a follow-up to Life Writing, but
suitable for anyone interested in Memoir – i.e. you don’t have to have done a
previous class. We will explore issues such as narrative voice, narrative
structure, the difficulties of truth and pushing the limits of memoir. Can be
offered as a week-end course or an ongoing 6, 8 or 10 week workshop.
Leap from Life into Fiction
A fiction workshop for those who want to leap from the stories
of their own lives into imagination, focusing on the creative spark between the
actual and the imaginary. We will explore how to make the leap into a vividly
detailed reality and how to let the story, rather than life, lead the way. Can
be offered as a week-end course or an ongoing 6, 8 or 10 week workshop.
Writing For the Senses
Exploring how to recreate the texture and power of the senses
in writing – make your narrative, characters and scenes rich and evocative with
the sights, sounds, scents, tastes and feel of the world. This is an enriching
workshop for both fiction and life writers. Offered as a week-end workshop or
an ongoing four week workshop.
This workshop came from the Song of the Winds  festival and explores writing a sense of
place –  conveying its physical presence,
its emotional resonance, its spiritual power, its texture and its narrative
importance. It is for both fiction and life writers and is offered as a one day
or weekend course.
An introduction to writing feature articles for magazines and
newspapers. It’s an exciting and practical course  looking at research, interviewing, pitching,
angles, writing, structure, editing. This can be offered as a week-end intensive
or an ongoing 5 week course.
For further information including detail of fees , organisers
may contact Life Stories Workshop for an Organisers' Information Leaflet for any of the courses. Average full
day fee is $750. Organisers will be provided with promotional material as
required. See Writing Links  for
contacts if you want to approach you local Writers’ Centre about organising a