Fri, 12 March 2021

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

How to Write a Life-Story – a Two Part Advanced Course

Frances Wilson

Award-winning biographer Frances Wilson returns to help you hone and perfect your work-in-progress.

This two-part masterclass is designed for those who have already begun work on a life-story — whether in the form of biography, memoir, auto fiction, poetry or novel – and would benefit from expert guidance to steer their work to completion.

Taught online by Frances Wilson, the acclaimed author of biographies of Dorothy Wordsworth and Thomas de Quincey, this two-part series will offer in-depth advice about the development of voice, structure, characterisation, interpretation and style.

Whether you are in the middle of the project or simply keen to find readers, all needs will be catered for. Although this workshop builds on the lessons of Frances’s earlier four-part masterclass series, it is not essential to have completed that course before taking this one. New participants are welcome.

Each workshop will be two hours long, and the content will be provided by you, the writers. To help Frances prepare for the sessions, you will be asked to provide a description of your project, an example of your work in progress, and an account of what you are hoping to take away from the series.

This series is limited to 20 attendees and takes place on the afternoons of 12th and 19th March. Sessions run from 2:30pm to 4pm over ZOOM. 

Frances Wilson

Biographer, critic and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Frances Wilson is a biographer and critic. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her books include The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, How to Survive the Titanic: Or, the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay, and Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey. She was a judge for the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction, 2019, and is chair of the judges for the Goldmith’s Prize, 2020. Her life of D H Lawrence will be published later this year.