Introduction to Memoir Writing with Dr Sian Prior

A Zoom webinar for VANISH members

We all have interesting stories to tell about our lives – but how do we choose which ones are worth writing down?  

VANISH members are invited to join us for a special webinar with Dr Sian Prior, author of two memoirs and the facilitator of our Writing as Therapy courses. In this webinar, Sian will introduce you to some of the key skills and decisions involved in crafting an engaging memoir.  

  • Which ‘voice’ (or voices) should you use to tell your story? 
  • How do you depict vivid ‘characters’ (including real people) on the page?  
  • What should you avoid when you’re writing about the self? 
  • Who is your imagined reader, and what do they need to invest in your story? 

There will also be time to ask Sian any questions you have about memoir writing.  

Date: Thursday 17 August 2023 

Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm 

Location: Zoom 

Register to join the webinar here: 

About Sian:

Dr Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and writing teacher. She has presented programs on ABC Radio and written regular columns for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Sian teaches online short courses in Feature Writing, Creative Non Fiction and Writing As Therapy. She has a doctorate in Creative Writing from RMIT, where she has also taught in the Professional Writing and Editing Associate Degree for many years. 

Her first book Shy: a memoir (Text Publishing) came out in 2014. Her second book, Childless: a story of freedom and longing, was published in 2022 and was short-listed for The Age Book of the Year Award. 

For more information, visit Sian’s website: 

Previous course feedback:

“An inspiring opportunity to engage with a very practical resource for self-care and reflective practice.”

“Sian was a fantastic facilitator – I enjoyed her calm energy and the pace she delivered information at.”

“Yet another example of VANISH’s innovative and thoughtful programming for individuals affected by adoption, with an appropriately sensitive and highly skilled facilitator. 100% recommend.”

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