Kate Feld was inspirational on Saturday the 4th of November at the My Own Story workshop that was held at Chorlton Library.

She really made us realise that life writing is all about curating your story and looking at it with eyes that see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Kate was happy to share with us some stunningly beautiful examples of life writing to whet your appetite.

Mary Ruefle, ‘I Remember, I Remember’

Vivian Gornick, an excerpt from ‘The Odd Woman and The City’

Jackie Kay, ‘Take Yesterday’ from Rainy City Stories

Remember, it is your words in your own voice that we want. We don’t require some over-edited piece that has no traces of you left to be found. We want your story. We want your words, in the raw.

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If you enjoyed these examples of life writing and want to get a taste of a workshop, we are hosting two more. These will be lead by the fabulous book and print artist Lucy May Schofield.

I’m sure Lucy’s more artistic workshops will stimulate your creative juices and get you thinking about all the different ways in which you can tell us your amazing life stories.

Dates: 8th and 15th of November
Time: 12.00 – 2.00pm
Venues: 8th – Burnage Library

15th – Gorton Library

As with our previous workshops in Longsight, Crumpsall Abraham Moss and Chorlton, you will have to contact the library and book your space.

To book your place at the Burnage Library workshop – email womenswords@burnageactivityhub.org.uk or ring 0161 227 3774.

And to book on to the Gorton Library workshop please ring 0161 227 3737.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you and hearing your amazing stories.

Deadline for submitting your life story – 24th November.
You can email your stories to womenswords@thepankhurstcentre.org.uk

If you’d like to know more about me, you can at go.tasneemperry.com