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 either in-person, 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 our stories can also be incredibly cathartic and help us to make sense of the things we have experienced in our lives.

During my Writing Life Stories Your Way workshop you will gain lots of practical tips, take part in some fun exercises, and put together a completely personalised Road Map, to guide you step-by-step towards crafting your own unique project, in the way that works best for you. You will also leave with comprehensive course notes, which you can refer back to again and again to help make your stories the best they can be.

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. 

Here are some of the things we will cover:



  • Defining the project/Your personal Road Map
  • Elements of a great story - a checklist for your writing projects
  • Memories and Brainstorming
  • Writing the Personal Essay
  • Finding your voice
  • Characters and Plot Structure
  • Research and Interviewing - gathering information and how to work with it
  • Truth and Trauma - top tips for tackling both in your writing
  • Editing, Proofreading and Design
  • Printing and Publishing Options





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 an in-person or (online) Zoom workshop to your group (minimum of ten people). Find out more by emailing jo@jobailey.com


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