Writing Life Stories Your Way workshop

Keen to write your life story, memoir, or a family story but don't know where to start?

Join my three-and-a-half hour Writing Life Stories Your Way workshop, live, or over Zoom, and you’ll soon have pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard! 

I believe that every human being is incredible, unique, and has an amazing story, whatever has happened in their lives. Recording our personal and family stories is the ultimate gift for future generations. Imagine how much they would love to read about who you were, what you experienced, and what life was like during your time in the world?

Writing life or family stories doesn’t have to be daunting. I compare it to baking a cake. If we know what sort of cake we want to bake before we start, and have all the ingredients on hand, we have a far greater chance of producing something great. Writing is the same. During the workshop, I’ll show you how to gather all the critical ingredients you will need. You’ll finish the course armed with a trusty and completely personalised Road Map, to guide you step-by-step towards crafting your own unique project.

Here are some of the things we will cover:



  • Defining the project/Your Road Map
  • Elements of a great story
  • Personal Essay
  • Finding your voice
  • Characters and Plot Structure
  • Researching and Interviewing
  • Truth and Trauma
  • Editing, Proofreading and Design
  • Printing and Publishing Options





During my live workshops you will enjoy a complimentary morning tea halfway through the programme, and go home with comprehensive course notes (which you also receive in online workshops). 

I’ve built up a stack of experience and knowledge over my 35 year career as a writer, author, editor and publisher, which I love to share with people just like you!

Follow the Jo Bailey Author Facebook page, or sign up for my newsletter (at the top of this page) to get information about upcoming workshops.

Perhaps your book club, community group, or even a group of friends wants to get together to learn? I can tailor a live or Zoom workshop to your group (minimum of eight people). Find out more by emailing jo@jobailey.com



"You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page." - Jodi Picoult