June Writing Workshops: interviewing and journaling


I am thrilled to be back at the WillyLitFest with two of my favourite workshops:

  • Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History
  • The Writer’s Journal

Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History

Saturday 16 June, 2.00pm-3.00pm

“Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right question.”

This workshop will show you how to plan, prepare and conduct an interview; gather your facts, and create the story.

Participants will be able to:

  • Research, prepare and plan an interview
  • Create question portfolio
  • Practice skills through role play
  • Write a brief narrative based on class activity
  • Confidence to conduct interviews
  • Book direct with venue: Willy Lit Fest

The Writer’s Journal Sunday

Sunday 17 June, 12.00pm-1.00pm

From the blank page to inspiration — get tips on how to nurture your creative seeds in this mini workshop on how to keep a writer’s journal.

This workshop will give you handy tips and ideas on how to use a writer’s notebook.

Participants will explore their imagination and create an inspiration list to assist their writing aspirations.


Writing through grief

“His hands held the hammer and saw that built your childhood home. The place where you and your brothers loved and fought, and your mother died. His hands guided the spade and ploughed the earth. They were giving hands.

Antonio Grisancich (1928 – 2010)

The first thing I wrote after my father died was his eulogy.

This piece of writing was one of the most difficult things I ever wrote, as anyone who has ever had to write a eulogy will know. How do you articulate a lifetime into a couple of A4 pages?

I have since written through my father’s grief many times since that first difficult ode. I find the act of writing both calming and restorative. Despite some tears shed when reading back through my words, I find comfort in the memories.

I wrote They Say in that first year of extreme grief. It gave me solace and comfort.

Follow the link to the story here.


Memories are forever

“In the northern Victorian town of Rupanyup, winter doesn’t wait for June. It arrives in May, with its frosty breath and icy fingers, and announces itself in the early morning frosts on the paddocks.”

‘Jack and Carmel’ by Anna Brasier

Many of us want to record our family stories for future generations.

We want them to be shared and cherished. One way to do this is, to make your own family history book – it can be as big or as little as you like.

A Celebration of Love.

My pre-Christmas book project was this little piece of #familyhistory. I wrote, edited and designed this short story on a special day for my in-laws.

Thanks to Jack and Carmel, who were my gracious interviewees for my ‘Interviewing Techniques for Family History and Memoir workshop’.