Me­moir au­thor will share se­crets

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Deb­o­rah Friend


THEY say “ev­ery­one has a book in them” and it’s no sur­prise that mem­oirs are one of the most pop­u­lar kind of books in Aus­tralia.

Whether you love read­ing them, or you as­pire to one day write your own, a forth­com­ing me­moir writ­ing work­shop is a not-to-be missed event in the Whit­sun­days.

Held at Lure at Abell Point Ma­rina, the work­shops are be­ing pre­sented as part of the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, with one held by pub­lished me­moir writer and ed­u­ca­tor He­lena Pas­tor, who will shed light on this fas­ci­nat­ing genre.

Fes­ti­val founder Glo­ria Bur­ley said the work­shop, which would also cover cre­ative non-fic­tion,

■ Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val

■ Fri­day, June 16, to Sun­day, June 18

■ Lure, Abell Point Ma­rina

■ whit­sun­day writ­ers­fes­ti­ or whit­sun­dayt­ick­

■ See web­site

promised to be in­spir­ing as well as skills-based.

“The work­shop is not just for peo­ple who have al­ready started their me­moir – some­times peo­ple just need that lit­tle bit of in­spi­ra­tion to kick-start their writ­ing,” she said.

“And non-writ­ers will also en­joy it, as it will shed light on the struc­ture of a me­moir for those who love read­ing them. The fes­ti­val is for ev­ery­one who loves read­ing, words and a good book.”

Ms Pas­tor is a Dutch-Aus­tralian writer who is pas­sion­ate about com­mu­ni­cat­ing so­cial is­sues through her work. Her writ­ing has at­tracted two Aus­tralian So­ci­ety of Au­thors’ Men­tor­ships.

Through me­moir and fic­tion, she hopes to in­flu­ence the way peo­ple think and feel about top­ics, in­clud­ing the is­sues of par­ent­ing and grow­ing up in an im­mi­grant fam­ily. The mother of four boys and grandma to one, her me­moir is en­ti­tled, Wild Boys: A Par­ent’s Story of Tough Love.

She has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence as an ed­u­ca­tor, and has worked with groups rang­ing from Bos­nian refugees to univer­sity-level cre­ative writ­ing stu­dents. She is also a song­writer and lyri­cist.

Ms Pas­tor will talk about her book Wild Boys as part of the one hour au­thors talks at the fes­ti­val, which are only $30 each and there are money sav­ing day passes avail­able.

The Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val is in its eighth year and is proud to have brought so many au­thors to the area.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to meet the au­thors at a free wel­come party on Fri­day, June 16 and at the fab­u­lous Gala Din­ner on Satur­day, June 17, catered by Fish D’Vine. Go to www.whit­sun­day­writ­ers fes­ti­ for a full line-up and pro­gram.

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