Advanced Memoir Residential Masterclass

In this six-day residency, you will have the opportunity to extend your writing practise in a creative and supportive environment. There will be a series of three half-day masterclasses, as well as dedicated private writing time each day, and a one-on-one consultation with a Varuna consultant to talk about your current writing project.  

Patti Miller's approach to life writing has grown out of her love and knowledge of the art of writing and literature as well as her lifelong fascination with the way stories construct our sense of self. Because memoir writing also has an inner dimension – it can be both healing and awakening – she understands the importance of the magical art and craft of the word and the story. She is a writer and knows that there is a transforming power in the discipline of writing, which lifts the stories of our lives out of history and testament and into Art. Her teaching and manuscript advice to others is not theoretical – it comes directly from her own daily experience of the joys and challenges of her own writing.

Patti Miller has been published in literary magazines and national newspapers and is the author of nine books. Patti Miller has a wide knowledge of literature and writing practice, which creates a well-informed context for her guidance. Further information about Patti and her workshops can be found on her website.

Key dates

Applications open 6 May and close 9 September 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 18 September 2019.

Successful applicants will attend the residential masterclass from Monday 18 November to Sunday 24 November 2019.

What you need to send us

Writers interested in participating need to submit an online Expression of Interest (EOI) to Varuna. The EOI application form asks you to state what you would most like to gain from the Residential Masterclass and to upload a half page synopsis and a writing sample of up to five pages that are indicative of your most recent and relevant work.


The fee for the residency is $1950 including accommodation, workshops and meals. A discounted rate of $1650 is available to all financial Varuna Alumni. Participants will need to have their own copy of Patti Miller's Writing True Stories

There is no application fee for this program.

If you have a Healthcare card, you may be eligible for the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300.

More information

If you have any questions about the residential masterclass or would like to discuss whether this is the right program for you, please call the office on 02 4782 5674.