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An Introduction to Life Writing

Tutor: Dorothy Max Prior

A six-week course live-streamed via Zoom

Next start date: Spring 2022 dates tbc

‘Autobiography’ – self, life, write…

Do you want to start, or continue, to write a memoir or a family history, or to tell stories inspired by true life experiences? This six-week course offers a solid grounding in Life Writing of all sorts.

We will look at good examples of memoir, autobiography, and autofiction (fictionalised autobiography), referencing a very broad range of writers, including: Ernest Hemingway, Jeanette Winterson, Esther Freud, JG Ballard, Patti Smith, Blake Morrison and Maya Angelou.

We’ll employ creative writing exercises to develop your skills, aiming to explore different ways of reflecting on true-life stories; and there will be weekly writing assignments linked to the topic of each class.

All very welcome, with any level of writing experience – absolute beginners and experienced writers alike! The class will be a nurturing and supportive space, so that everyone can grow and learn, whatever their starting point.


About the tutor

Tutor Dorothy Max Prior is a published writer of non-fiction stories and essays. She has written about theatre, performance, art and music for over 30 years, and is editor of Total Theatre Magazine.

She is also an established theatre writer, dramaturg and director working across the UK, Europe and South America; and has over 20 years experience teaching creative writing at arts centres and universities across the world.



Testimonials for Dorothy Max Prior from former Evolution courses: 

‘Inspirational and relevant.’ 

‘The other students were respectful and kind and interesting. Max offered incisive feedback and was an inspiration.’ 

‘I liked the relaxed atmosphere.’

‘Knowledgeable tutor! Constructive criticism and time for everyone’s work to be heard and critiqued.’

‘Positive environment, great teacher, interesting group.’

‘Constructive criticism… Max is very positive and encouraging.’