Memoir Writing Course

Eileen Casey’s collection of memoir essays ‘A Fascination with Fabric,’ is published by Arlen House, 2014. Memoir pieces have been broadcast on Sunday Miscellany and published in Ireland’s Own, Senior Times, County Lines: Portrait of a County (New Island), An Irishwoman’s Diary (The Irish Times) among others. She was short listed for the Fish Memoir Prize, 2014. A Hennessy Literary Award recipient (Emerging Fiction), she was also awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Poetry Fellowship. Other collections include ‘Drinking the Colour Blue,’ (New Island Poetry), ‘Snow Shoes,’ (Arlen House Fiction) and Berries for Singing Birds (Arlen House, 2019).

Next course starts on 27th July 2022 – FULL

We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. 

Price: €170

Duration: Six weeks

All of the individual modules in this online memoir writing course are accompanied by writing options which will bring together the nucleus of the course material. You will also receive weekly written feedback on your writing exercises.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module. Please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

Course Outline

In the Beginning “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in” (Graham Greene). This module will introduce the memoir as a popular genre, particularly with regard to the twin elements conflict and suspense. Writing personal story can be simplicity itself yet the memoir form also has the potential for more complex expositions of the human psyche. Various techniques and approaches will be explored so individual memoir sparkles with style and personality.

Who are YOU Anyway? How do you feel about You as character? This module focuses on the ability, or not, to be scrupulously honest. It pays to pay attention and observe when the jumping off line isn’t always so obvious; to listen to the insistent whispers of what is worth remembering. Various and intriguing entry points to memory will be explored, a word Northern Ireland writer John Hewitt described as ‘loaded’.

Structure and Timeline Memoir is a window onto a life. This module will demonstrate the many and various ways a memoir can be shaped together with the timeline(s) it inhabits. Framing memoir with deliberate precision ensures that there is nothing random or casual about the chosen material. What to leave out is often far more important than what to leave in.

Emotion: Dialogue: Setting: Theme A balance of light and shade ensures a blend that is atmospheric, sensually invigorating and aesthetically elegant. This module is directed towards vital elements which support and enhance the memoir structure.

The Lost Property Bureau Researching the past ensures a richly textured memoir backdrop. The devil is in the detail and the authenticating detail is paramount with memoir. This module looks at excavating the past, finding those hidden historical gems. Doing the required ‘homework’ is not just about writing every day. It’s also about having a healthy investigative curiosity.

Memoir Markets Memoir outlets are many and varied. This final module highlights ways of getting memoir published.

“This course was everything I had hoped for and so much more. Eileen’s feedback was prompt and very constructive and always kind and encouraging. I looked forward to each week as there was a different focus which helped me to look at creating from another angle. This course encouraged me to write each week and I felt that I was comfortable enough to be creative and go where my ideas led me. I feel that each of my efforts were appreciated and Eileen’s feedback reflected this as it was clear there was time given to each piece of feedback I received.  I would truly recommend this course especially to beginners  or more developed writers who need a little boost to get writing again.” Patricia

“I found this Memoir Course a very useful template upon which to base, then begin to construct, some ideas I originally had. In short, it really ‘got me going,’ and helped me to think about how I could improve my descriptive writing. My tutor’s swift responses and her constructive criticism were not only useful and thought provoking, they were also inspiring. I especially found the suggestions for further reading very helpful” – Deborah Coles.

“Working with Eileen has been a totally positive experience. I had stalled in my writing and she rebooted me! I found her to be a very sensitive, careful reader, always encouraging. She gave me valuable critique and, working with her has given me more confidence in my writing. I have taken two courses with Eileen and would gladly take another. I found her notes and guidelines extremely helpful. Most importantly though, I always had the feeling that she sincerely wanted me to write well” – Norma Macmaster.

“I have just completed the 6 week course on Memoir Writing, delivered by Eileen Casey. I thoroughly enjoyed the course whilst also learning so much about style, structure, authenticity etc. The feedback from the tutor was really prompt and very informative. This course has whetted my appetite for writing and is the beginning of a new journey. Thanks to Creative Writing Ink and Eileen Casey for opening up a new chapter in my life.” – Pat O’Brien

“I recently completed the Creative Writing Ink Memoir course with Eileen Casey and I had a piece accepted for the RTÉ Radio 1 St Patrick’s Day Miscellany special on 17 March. The podcast for the piece is at My piece is called ‘The Day I got lost in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin by Orla Donoghue’. I’ve completed a number of online courses with Eileen and the course notes and feedback are excellent.”

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