Masterclass: Life Writing with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Sat 29 Jan 2022 | 10:00am - 12:30pm

Cathy_Rentzenbrink Masterclass
Life Writing/Memoir Masterclass
Write it all down

Have you a story to tell?

Join Sunday Times bestselling writer Cathy Rentzenbrink to kick-start your life writing. She will help you to focus and overcome the things that have prevented you from achieving your writing goals.

Perfect for all levels, whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out. Or maybe you know a budding writer and think that this would make the perfect Christmas present!

Cathy’s new book Write it All Down, out on 6 January, runs alongside the course and is included in the price of the ticket. Read the book ahead of the class and bring your questions along with you.

The masterclass will run for 2.5hrs, the first half of the session will be a live tutorial from Cathy with the second dedicated to Cathy answering your questions.

The ticket price includes a copy of Cathy’s brand-new book Write it All Down (RRP £12.99) plus UK postage.

1 ticket per account for online events. If you wish to make a Group Booking or are under 25 and would like a concession ticket please contact us.


Venue: Live - access via My events

Duration: 150 mins

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In detail

Life Writing with Cathy Retzenbrink
Acclaimed memoirist, novelist and creative writing teacher Cathy Retzenbrink leads a masterclass offering tips and techniques on how to write your memoir.  It will bolster your confidence and help you to achieve the profound satisfaction of wrestling your life onto the page and seeing the events of your life transformed through the experience of writing the self.

From this masterclass you will gain:

  • Inside information and knowledge on how to approach memoir-writing: structure
  • Gathering material, research, narrative and how to get the stories out and onto the page
  • Information on the common problems that memoirists face
  • Issues of memory, recall, style and fear of causing offence
  • Editing and selecting material
  • Examples of the kind of questions that face life writers – and Cathy’s experience and expertise in addressing them

Cathy will explain the pleasures and pitfalls of writing a memoir, with tips and exercises to get you started. You will also have the opportunity to put your own questions directly to Cathy.

Perfect for both seasoned writers as well as writing amateurs and everyone in between.

The ticket price includes a copy of Cathy’s brand-new book Write it All Down (RRP £12.99) plus UK postage.  Overseas customers, please get in touch prior to purchase.


Author Biography

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of the Sunday Times best-seller The Last Act of Love and of A Manual for Heartache and Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books. It took her twenty years to wrestle her own life story on the page and she loves to use what she has learnt about the profound nature of writing the self in the service of others.

Cathy has taught for Arvon, Curtis Brown Creative, at Falmouth University and at festivals and in prisons, and welcomes anyone, no matter what their experience, education, background or story. She believes that everyone’s life would be improved by picking up a pen and is at her happiest when encouraging her students to have the courage to delve into themselves and see the magic that will start to happen on the page.

How to watch

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  3. Select “My account”/”My events”
  4. Select “Watch”
  5. Your Masterclass will start automatically.

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