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 begin, to revise, and to keep the voices in our lives alive.

The mess of life, jammed full of characters and ill-fitting scenes, can feel overwhelming, but these tales are all worth telling. Through narrated lives and the solutions other writers have found, we will, through writing prompts, reading materials, assignments and feedback, find solutions for you. 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 to explore how other writers have brought order to life’s mess. Giving and receiving feedback from others you’ll 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.

About Spread the Word’s 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.

Course Timetable

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

Thursday 25 October
Thursday 8 November
Thursday 22 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 1 November - Wednesday 7 November
Assignment 2: Thursday 15 November - Wednesday 21 November
Assignment 3: Thursday 29 November – Wednesday 5 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 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. Although there will be no live chats, there will 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.