- Felt totally out of your element
- Felt like an outsider
- Were a foreigner traveling or living in a new country
- Were a rookie on the new job
- Were in another unfamiliar and uncomfortable situation
Have you had a unique experience when you were a 'fish out of water'? A time when you:
With our memoir related theme for July ‘Travel Tales’, we invited published travel writer and U3A Benalla member Judy Perry to be our guest speaker. Judy drew upon two of her articles published in the Seniors Magazine to demonstrate strategies she employs to intrigue and influence readers to travel, in this case to Benalla. The ‘hooks’ used involved stories from Benalla’s past –the story of the ‘Bugle Boy’ of Benalla and recollections of ‘Heavy Harry’ the train—engaging us all. Thank you Judy for preparing and presenting such an interesting and practical introduction to travel writing.
Following the break, class members shared a diversity of travel tales and some more wonderful stories of rebellion, including Elizabeth’s diverting story of a playful rebellion against patriarchy as a young girl in Ireland. At our next regular session on August 28th we will be sharing tales of being the ‘Odd One Out’ ‘Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in? Too old or too young? Wrong clothes or different culture? Write about a time you felt out of place and why’.
There was almost a full house at our Northo gathering this month. Stories shared included Ray’s ‘If Only I’d’… (worn a seatbelt!); Jenny’s humorous story inciting ‘Rebellion’ against the overcharging for tea in our current café culture, and David’s story about two ‘swashbuckling’ ancestors in a family history piece inspired by the birth of his first grandson.
Finally, a reminder that creative writing from 1 to 2.15 pm now precedes our catch up at the Northo from 2.30 to 3.30pm on the 2nd Monday.
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 does not cover writing a detailed, chronological autobiography.
Convenor & Contact details
4th Monday 2 - 4 pm
U3A Meeting Room - or during Covid-19, this is the time to emailed stories to Bev to be shared online.
'This (...) Life'
'If Only I ...'
'Right Here, Right Now'
'Stock and Land'
'A Childhood Memory'
'The Year that Made Me'
'Someone who Shaped Me'
'Anzac Day' 2020/2021
'One Moment, This Year' (2020)
'A Love Letter to Travel'
'Too Hard Basket'
'New in Town'
'In Isolation' Collection 2020
March: Making Waves
April: Winging It/Taking the Plunge
May: Anzac Day or Turning Point
June: 'I grew up in...'
July: 'Car Stories' and 'Ideas Piggy Bank'
August: 'Right Here, Right Now'
September 'Out of the Blue'
October 'This Life'
December 'One Moment, This Year' - (2020) (due in Feb)
Life Matters 500 words writing projects
Australian Writers' Centre
Victorian Writers' Centre - Writers' Victoria