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Sat, 15 June


Better Read Than Dead

Patti Miller in-conversation with Delia Falconer

Join us with Patti Miller to celebrate the release of the second edition of her acclaimed guide Writing True Stories! Patti will be joined by Delia Falconer.

Patti Miller in-conversation with Delia Falconer
Patti Miller in-conversation with Delia Falconer

Time & Location

15 June 2024, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

Patti Miller's best-selling Writing True Stories is the essential book for anyone who has ever wanted to write a memoir or explore the wider territory of creative nonfiction. It provides practical guidance and inspiration on a vast array of writing topics, including how to access memories, find a narrative voice, build a vivid world on the page, create structure, use research, and face the difficulties of truth-telling.

It first develops a wide range of writing skills for beginners, and then challenges more experienced writers to extend their knowledge and practice of the genre into literary nonfiction, true crime, biography, the personal essay, the diary, and travel writing. It offers inspiration from other nonfiction writers, such as Joan Didion, Helen Garner, Robert Dessaix, and Zadie Smith. Whether you want to write your own memoir, investigate a wide-ranging political issue, explore an idea, or bring to life an intriguing history, this book will be your guide.

Writing True Stories is practical and easy to use as well as an encouraging and insightful companion on the writing journey. Written in a warm, clear, and engaging style, it will get you started on the story you want to write - and keep you going until you get there.

Patti Miller is the award-winning author of ten books, including Australia’s best-selling life writing texts, Writing Your Life,  The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories (A&U) as well as a novel Child, and  The Last One Who Remembers, Whatever The Gods Do, The Mind of a Thief (which was long and short-listed for a number of prizes and winner of NSW Premier’s prize for History,)  Ransacking Paris, The Joy of High Places  and, her latest, True Friends. She is published regularly in national newspapers, magazines and literary journals. She has been teaching life writing around Australia since 1991, and gives writing courses in Paris and London each year.

Delia Falconer is the award-winning author of four books, The Service of Clouds, The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, Sydney and Signs and Wonders. Between them, these books have been shortlisted for national awards across the categories of fiction, nonfiction, innovation, history, and biography, including the Miles Franklin, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the National Biography Awards.


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    Includes a ticket and copy of Writing True Stories

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