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A survey of my Real Life Story students resulted in this wisdom about writing journeys:

• Get help, especially to start with
• Be prepared for a long haul and patches of emotional difficulty
• Think outside the square to reach an audience
• Transfer your new skills to enrich the lives of others
• Enjoy yourself!

(See ‘This Teaching Life' in Writing Samples.)

Who comes to Real Life Story Workshops?
People who are working on full-length memoirs or topic memoirs.
 People who are out for a good time, with no particular goal but to enjoy creative exploration.

    And some are there to focus on
    • family histories
    • the biographies of much-admired relatives
    • miscellaneous projects such as getting started on organisational histories
    • children's books that draw on childhood experiences
    • works of fiction (with the awareness that autobiographical writing can help its development).

      So there’s usually a mix. That’s where the magic is.

      Tip: If you want others to care about your work – care about the work of others.

      Whatever direction your creativity takes, teamwork and community connection will be vital. My muses include:

      Jens Troger, global citizen, and the inventer of bookalope.net who showed me how to transform Cry Ma Ma to the Moon into an illustrated ebook. 

      Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, a Brisbane-based artist with a love for the Australian landscape. One of her paintings, 'Magic Lady' helped inspire me during the writing of Cry Ma Ma to the Moon and it's now the cover art of my ebook, now available from Amazon. We have collaborated many times. http://www.kathrynbrimblecombe-fox.com Kathryn's mother Elsie is my writing buddy.

      Donald Greenfield is an artist who lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. His whimsical drawings have appeared in numerous Australian publications, from The Bulletin to Rolling Stone. Some are featured in my poetry title, Organic Sister. Any drawing used on this website is with his generous permission. Of course they are copyright protected.

      Aerial shots of Brisbane are by Vince Lo Surdo. (Thank-you so much, Vince.) Other photographs are by Lesley Synge.


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