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Writing Memoir With Jeremy Atherton Lin

This eight-week course, led by Jeremy Atherton Lin, whose blend of autobiography and history has been described as 'beautiful and original' (The New York Times) and 'a rich tapestry' (Vanity Fair), positions memoir as not just a way of announcing ourselves, but of perceiving the world around us. Participants will explore ways to write authentically about their own experiences, while reflecting on the role of aspects such as history, politics, the natural world and the built environment in their work, and will consider how we can speak in the first person in ways that connect with others. By working closely with the course tutor, they will develop work based around subjects that are integral to their outlook and identity, opening up possibilities for what forms their work could take next.

Writing Memoir takes place at our super new home in the heart of the Trinity Triangle (two doors down from the brilliant The Hastings Bookshop). As with all our workshops, as part of our partnership with our good friends and neighbours at the bookshop, course members are entitled to a 15% discount on books bought in the shop, during their programme and for one month afterwards.

Course Tutor

Jeremy Atherton Lin is an Asian-American essayist whose work appears widely in publications including The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Granta and The Guardian. His debut book Gay Bar won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and was a New York Times Top Book of 2021. Jeremy has lectured and workshopped alongside luminaries in the convergence of memoir and cultural criticism including Maggie Nelson, Grace Lavery and Katherine Angel. He is currently finishing his second book, Deep House


Thursdays, 6.30 to 8pm, from 23/5/24 to 11/7/24 (eight sessions). £195.

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We offer two reduced price spaces per workshop group to those who are unwaged or on a low income. To enquire about these places, or with any other questions, please get in touch via the contact page, or at

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