“Memories–Real and Imagined.” A Two-Day Writing Workshop for Writers of All Genres.

Date: 10:00 am–3 pm, Saturday 12 September & 10:00am – 3pm, Saturday 26 September, 2020
Location: Kāpiti Uniting Church Hall, Cnr of Ngapaki and Taiata Sts, Waikanae Beach
Faculty: Gigi Fenster
Cost: $172.50 including lunch
To register contact: kirsten@kahini.org

‘I don’t remember anything’, my 85 year old mother said to me recently. ‘I might as well not have lived.’

Our memories give us our identity. They define who we are and how we behave in the world.  And they impact deeply on our writing. Whether we are writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, we bring our histories and our memories to the work. But, as EB White says, ‘Real life is only one kind of life – there is also the life of the imagination’.

In this two-day workshop we’ll explore how our memories are triggered, how we mould and manipulate them, and how this impacts on our writing. We’ll look at how writers have used their memories, made up memories, incorporated collective memory into their work. We will do exercises designed to trigger our own memories, and to use these in developing pieces of writing. And we will use our imaginations to fill in the gaps in memories or to simply make up new ones.

Over the two weeks we will develop, workshop and share pieces of writing.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at kirsten@kahini.org

Gigi Fenster has a Masters and PhD in  Creative Writing, and various law degrees. Her first book, The Intentions Book, was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards and was longlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. Her second book, Feverish was published in 2018 to critical acclaim. She is currently working on a nonfiction book and awaiting the results of the Gifkin Award, which an unpublished novel of hers has been shortlisted for. Gigi is an experienced, engaging energetic facilitator with heaps of experience in conducting writing workshops.