Cbr 2017 Workshop: Writing Life, Writing Self with Jessica Friedmann

Writers are often told to ‘write what you know’, but telling personal stories in a way that resonates broadly can be a challenging task. For women writing about their lives, these challenges are often multiplied by the gendered expectations and obstacles that writing memoir presents.

In this intensive workshop, author and editor Jessica Friedmann shares practical tips and personal advice about life-writing, memoir, and what it means to tell your own story. Draw on your personal experiences to create a well-honed narrative; discuss the personal and political act of writing while female; and explore the practicalities of finessing, editing and pitching personal writing.

Participants will be required to bring a story idea or outline to share in the workshop.


Writing Life, Writing Self
Sunday 8 October2.00–5.00pm
Muse, East Hotel
69 Canberra Ave, Kingston ACT
Tickets are $75 ($65 concession) – buy now

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

This workshop is open to women and non-binary writers. The maximum workshop capacity is 18 people.


About the facilitator

Jessica Friedmann is a writer and editor living in Canberra. A graduate of the University of Melbourne with an honors thesis in creative writing, for which she won an RG Wilson Scholarship, her work has appeared in The RumpusThe Lifted BrowSmith JournalDumbo FeatherArtsHubThe Age and more. Things That Helped (Scribe, 2017) is her debut collection of essays, dealing with postpartum depression, gender, culture and the body.

With thanks to Muse for venue support

You may also be interested in:

Relearning: Sex Work During COVID-19

Relearning: Sex Work During COVID-19

by Queenie Bon-Bon This is the year we were taught en masse to wash our hands. We needed charts and songs and sponsored ads on our phones to tell us we must wet our hands with water, apply enough soap to cover one's hands and rub our hands together. Twenty seconds and...

read more
FWF Q&A: Laura Elvery

FWF Q&A: Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery is the author of Ordinary Matter. What does feminism mean to you? Feminism inspires me to spend a lot of time considering women’s right to safety from domestic abuse, women’s reproductive rights, education for girls, incarceration rates in women’s...

read more