Start to Write: Nonfiction - with Patti MillerPatti

Tuesday 24 November, Wednesday 25 November and Thursday 26 November 2020

3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 195/$ 165.75 alumni


Do you have a true story to tell? Is it your story, or the story of someone else?

Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

Over three nights, you'll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing from acclaimed tutor and memoirist Patti Miller.

• Discover the tools you need to start writing.
• Overcome common problems shared by emerging writers.
• Understand the fundamentals of nonfiction.

Course program:


  • Finally sitting down to do it
  • Overcoming ‘one day I will do it’ syndrome
  • Getting ready for the journey
  • Gathering your materials - what you need to pack, what you need to leave behind
  • Facing the fear and doing it anyway
  • Readings, discussion and writing exercise


  • Genre – what kind of a book are your writing?
  • What is memoir and creative nonfiction exactly?
  • How is it different from other genres?
  • Great memoir and nonfiction books
  • What are the skills you will need?
  • What can be transferred from your own writing background as a journalist? academic? science writer? blog writer? Business writer? great email writer?
  • Readings, discussion and writing exercise


  • Ways to begin
  • What engages your attention in a beginning?
  • What engages other readers?
  • Where do you want your reader to go?
  • How to point your reader in the right direction
  • Writing that opening page
  • Readings, discussion and writing exercise

About the Tutor

Patti Miller is an award-winning memoirist and nonfiction writer, whose 2012 book, The Mind of a Thief, was longlisted for the Stella Prize and the Nita Kibble Prize, shortlisted for the WA Premier's Prize for Nonfiction, winner of the NSW Premier's Prize for History and on the syllabus for English for the VCE in Victoria. She is the author of nine books including a novel, Child, and the memoir/narrative nonfictions: The Last One Who Remembers, Whatever The Gods Do, Ransacking Paris, and in 2019, The Joy of High Places. Her two previous writing books,Writing Your Life and The Memoir Book, have been continually in print since publication. Writing True Stories is her most recent complete guide to writing autobiography, memoir, personal essay, biography, travel and creative nonfiction.

Praise for Patti Miller

'Patti provides a brilliant mix of knowledge, skill and deep listening as part of her teaching structure. Her humour and reality based communication style only compliment her professionalism and sense of authenticity as a person.' Chandu, 2019

N.B. You will be charged a booking fee of 50 cents ($0.50).

If you have done a course with us before, you qualify for our alumni discount so add your promotional code at the checkout to receive 15% off the full price, or ring us if you do not know the code on 02 8425 0171.

Patti Miller will be teaching her three-month intensive program Writing True Stories from February to June 2021. Register here to receive more information on this course.

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy:
Email us at: or phone (02) 8425 0171.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.