Writing Life Stories Workshops


“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page” 
– Jodi Picoult

Keen to write your life story, memoir, or a family story but don’t know where to start? Join one of my live workshops, or online Zoom workshops, and you’ll soon have pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard! 

I’m a great believer that every human being is unique and has an amazing story, whatever has happened in their lives. I also believe that recording our stories is the ultimate gift for future generations, who I’m sure would love to hear about who we were, what we experienced, and what life was like during our time on Earth.

And getting your story down on the page doesn’t have to be daunting! To me writing our life stories or family stories is a bit like baking a cake. If we know what sort of cake we want to bake and have all the ingredients on hand, we have a far greater chance of producing something great!

If you join my comprehensive three-hour Writing Life Stories Workshop, I’ll guide you through the process step-by-step. We’ll cover everything from defining your project, and determining your ‘why’, to finding your voice. These are the critical ingredients to help you to plan your project and prepare to write.

During the workshop we’ll also cover research, interviewing, and then the juicy bits – the writing and editing process, to help get your thoughts, experiences and stories into words on the page.

I’ll also share some options for self-publishing your work (whether you want to print one or 1000 copies, and will tell you about my favourite writers’ tools which makes the writing process a little easier, and lots of fun!

During my live workshops you will enjoy a complimentary morning tea halfway through the programme, and go home with some comprehensive course notes. You’ll have to bring you own cuppa to the Zoom sessions – but you will learn all the same valuable tools and tricks I’ve picked up throughout more than 30 years as a writer.

Keep an eye on my Jo Bailey Author Facebook page, or sign up for my newsletter to get information about upcoming Writing Life Stories Workshops – whether live in Canterbury, New Zealand, or online via Zoom. 

I can also tailor workshops to your group (minimum of six people) so if your book club, community group, or even a group of friends wants to get together to learn, please get in touch by emailing jo@jobailey.com

I would love to help you tell your stories!