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Oxford Summer School - Memoir, 7-14 August 2021, UK

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2021

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Event Dates: from Aug 07, 2021 12:00 to Aug 14, 2021 12:00




This course is for people who would like to write about themselves. We shall concentrate on memoirs by contemporary men and women and the experiences which have shaped them in order to prompt our own writing. We shall explore elements of our lives which we can present to others. 

Programme details

Session 1


Session 2

On your marks – starting places

Session 3

Dip the toe or jump in the deep end?

Session 4

Scuba diving or skydiving?  Perspective

Session 5

Tabloid or Broadsheet?  Issues of style

Session 6

Variety is the spice – textual variation

Session 7

Last orders, please. Let’s talk about time

Session 8

Ha!  Very funny

Session 9

You say ‘e-the’ and I say ‘eye-the’. Some things to do with voice(s)

Session 10

Thinking about what you have written

Session 11

Springboards and high boards

Session 12

Recap and celebration


Mr Jeremy Hughes


Jeremy Hughes has published two novels – Wingspan (2013) and Dovetail (2011). He was awarded first prize in the PoetryWales competition and was short-listed for an Eric Gregory Award. He also publishes short fiction, life writing and reviews. He studied for the Master’s in creative writing at Oxford.

Course aims

This course aims to explore different approaches to writing memoirs through the work of contemporary writers, so that students may gain inspiration and confidence to write their own memoir. 

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognise and understand constituent elements of memoir
  • Utilise a variety of linguistic and literary techniques in their own writing
  • Confidently work on a future project of their own

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