‘What I was wearing…’ proved quite a delight at our monthly ‘Memoirs’ based session. Memories were shared about the choice of wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses; being a 13 year old boy in a department store dressing room while mother and father selected a first suit for family occasions; the uniform worn as a young child on the first day of school to the starched veil worn when graduating as a nursing sister; the vexed choice of an outfit to wear to a daughter’s wedding; the ‘wearing of grief’ and a mother’s choice of outfit for the Melbourne Cup; and a ‘what I was wearing … was covered in soot’… story following a fire in an apartment building. Betty wrote her memories as a delightful poem, ‘The Clothes I Wore’, which began ‘When I was a little girl and lived just up the track, In a small weatherboard cottage with gum trees out the back’… The project for our next 500 Word Memoirs session on May 28 is Someone who Shaped Me The brief: How did you become who you are? Think about someone who’s influenced your life and start writing.
About 'As Time Goes By' - Memoir Writing
'As Time Goes By' provides an outlet and support for members keen to write about their lives and tell stories their families may not get around to asking them about. A memoir is a slice from a person’s life which focuses on a particular theme or lesson or flavor of experience, an aspect of life that is most unusual or fascinating. Each month class members reminisce, write about and share memorable ‘slices’ from their lives in response to set ‘500 Words’ themed writing topics.
Please note - The course is not a writing skills class and does not cover writing a detailed, chronological autobiography.
Convenor & Contact details
0478 607 838
3rd Monday 2 - 4 pm
U3A Meeting Room
'Tips for Writing your 500 Words Story' (ABC Open)
Australian Writers' Centre
Victorian Writers' Centre - Writers' Victoria
The Memoir Writing Club - On Line Courses