Life writing

NOTICE: After much disappointment when we had to cancel this course earlier in the year, we’ve decided to blend elements of it into our second ‘Write and Edit a Story in a Weekend’ course, in the autumn, which is now: Write and Edit a Story or Essay – two day course, focusing on fiction and the personal essay. Find out more about it here:

The poet needs to get beyond ego in order to become the voice of more than autobiography.’ Seamus Heaney.

Life writing is defined as the recording of memory or experience, whether your own or someone else’s. Autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, testimonials, personal essays, blogs or emails. Through exercises and discussion we will look at the benefits of recording our own stories, but will also try to bridge the gap between the personal and the public. Taking into consideration confidentiality and ethical issues, but also the importance of internal distancing in relation to our creativity, and the process of creating something that is separate from its author. Whether you’re interested in recording experience to pass onto future generations, or if your ambition is to reach a wider audience with publishable work, this course will be useful to you. It’s emphasis will be on autobiography and memoir, over biography.

Perfect for anyone interested in writing creative nonfiction, or exploring real-life stories through fiction. We will keep the group small, at maximum 12 people. Clapton Laundry is a beautiful venue, perfect for writing. A delicious vegetarian lunch is included in the price.

Cost: £119 early bird bookings. £149 full fee

Date and time: Saturday 11th March, 10am-4pm

Location: Clapton Laundry, London – a luxurious, inspiring space in East London, where lunch will also be provided

Tutor: This course will be taught by London Lit Lab’s Lily Dunn, a novelist and creative nonfiction writer. Her first novel (Shadowing the Sun: Portobello Books) was semi-autobiographical, and she has recently had a piece of memoir published by Granta. She is currently studying for a doctorate, which is concerned with questions around the self in writing.

To book a place or ask any questions, please contact us at

Anyone booking a place on this course can also get a 10% discount on a one-day course from The Author School. Their next course takes place on 13th March, and will include advice on editing from Wendy Yorke, marketing/PR/author platform tips from Helen Lewis, tips on how to bag a literary agent and get Harry Potter’s cover designer from Abiola Bello, and an insight into the evolving options of publishing, self-publishing and digital publishing etc from experts at Bloomsbury, Bookotoure and I AM Self Publishing. To book a place with a 10% discount, click on this link and use the unique promo code LBF17AUTHOR.