Online Course
Writing a Life with Miranda Doyle

Explore ways of writing a life with Miranda Doyle, whether that’s yours or someone else’s. Find the courage to tell your story, one that with honesty reaches out to others.

Give life shape. What we have in front of us is a set with too many characters, more scene changes than feels possible to narrate, yet a tale that needs to be told. Through writing prompts, assignments and feedback, we will help you find solutions. We all have a story to tell, and it’s important that these stories are not lost.

What will you do on the course?
We’ll read and discuss extracts from life writing and memoir, Levy, Sedaris, Gidla to explore how other writers reach out to their readers. We will also look at some of the life stories from collections The Good Immigrant and Common People. In a safe environment, you will give and receive feedback from others to produce the beginnings of three new written pieces of life.

Who is it for?
Writers at any stage in their writing are welcome. Whatever and whoever your motivation, finding a path to tell yours or another’s life story is who this course is for. If you’ve previously taken this course before, please get in touch with us before booking.

Discounted rates
London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

If you’d like to read our terms and conditions before booking, you can do so here or you can view them at the bottom of every page of our website.

Course Timetable

Course Timetable and Info

Course tutor Miranda Doyle will upload assignments containing exercises and reading materials once a fortnight on the following dates:

Thursday 31 October
Thursday 14 November
Thursday 28 November

Assignments for each week will be due by the following Thursday, with feedback and discussion for the work written each week to take place between:

Assignment 1: Thursday 7 November - Wednesday 13 November
Assignment 2: Thursday 21 November - Wednesday 27 November
Assignment 3: Thursday 5 December - Wednesday 12 December

We ask that participants commit to providing feedback to at least 1 other participant for each feedback period. Miranda Doyle will give feedback on two of the three assignments you complete during the course.

Although this is not concrete, to help with your planning we would suggest that completing each assignment will take a minimum of 3 hours, and feedback takes around 30 minutes for one piece of work.

The course will take place online using Slack and will require you to have access to the internet in the dates above. Because of this, we ask that you are confident with using simple online sharing platforms, or at least willing to explore with guidance from Spread the Word. Full instructions will be emailed to participants a week before the course starts. We will be trialing an optional group video chat in this course. There will be no scheduled times to have live chats, there will however be opportunities to interact with other course participants via feedback and general discussion.

The course will run with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 15.

Miranda Doyle

Course Tutor

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Miranda Doyle's family come from the tiny island of Coney in Sligo Bay. She grew up in Edinburgh alongside three brothers and a suspicious number of ill-fated pets. With an MA from Goldsmiths in Creative and Life Writing she teaches Memoir and Life Writing at the Faber Academy, has lectured on Autobiography for the Philosophy and European Literature degree at Anglia Ruskin University and continues to teach creative writing. Her debut book, a memoir titled A Book of Untruths, written with the support of an award from Arts Council England, explores the lies we tell ourselves.

Twitter: @Miranda_J_Doyle