Memoir Writing Classes

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” Ralph Wardo Emerson


So, you’ve thought about writing your memoirs, let’s make 2016 the year that you actually do it! And where better to start than with my new memoir writing class at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable?

The classes will take place on Monday evenings from 7 to 8.30pm in lovely workshop 5 – overlooking the sea. Each session costs £8 and the dates for January to March are January 25, February 8 and 22, March 14 and 21 and then fortnightly from April onwards. I’ve deliberately given a couple of weeks between each class to ensure people have time to do some writing – I find a week comes round very fast in a busy life!

“A memoir is how one remembers one’s own life.” Gore Vidal

These classes will suit you if you’ve done no writing at all or if you have started and need guidance, encouragement and maybe a little nudge! We will look at why we write memoirs, why we don’t write memoirs, who we are writing for, how memory works, what we should include, what we should leave out, structure, themes, voice, the distinct types of writing that make up a memoir, narrative, style, dialogue, editing and re-writing, how long a memoir should be, and what to do with our memoirs once they are written.

Sessions will consist of discussions and writing exercises. You will be able to ask questions about any particular issues you are facing in your work. I aim to keep the class small and friendly and please be reassured that everything shared will remain confidential.

If you want to come, please let me know if you can. Feel free to call me on 07710 721 389 or email for more details.

I’m looking forward to seeing you. Now that you’ve thought of it, it would be a shame to leave your stories unwritten so let’s make 2016 the year!

Warmest wishes, Marnie

“That’s one regret I have. I didn’t get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids.” Robert De Niro

Dear Marnie

All I knew was: I wanted to share my story, write my memoirs. I Googled ghostwriter and Marnie was the first person I contacted. Marnie made such a great first impression that I felt no need to look any further.

Anthea McCarten

I found Marnie to be such an affable person. Not only that, but she gave me the confidence to finish my memoir.

Martin Davies

Marnie is a truly special person with a wonderful gift. She is sincere and compassionate. I loved working with her. My book was rather complicated.

Suzannah Ridgway

Thank you so much for the edit. It was actually perfect. There were places where I knew the words were not quite right but I somehow couldn’t find a way to fix it and it’s exactly where you edited so I’m chuffed about that.


(My life) was a living nightmare. Thanks for listening to it and helping me come to terms with it and enabling me to write this story.


A very good service. As well as helping us write our memoirs about our adventures as wartime entertainers, Marnie arranged for us to be interviewed on BBC Radio 4, and organised a wonderful book launch for us at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

Mollie and Peggie

Marnie helped my father to edit his memoir Once A Sapper Always A Sapper. He really enjoyed working with her and looked forward to her visits.


This book that was written with Marnie, has totally opened the door and changed my whole outlook on life.


Marnie is a delightful lady and immediately made my Dad feel relaxed and start to chat about his life and wartime experiences.


I’d like to say how much I enjoyed reading my aunt’s memoirs that Marnie collated and wrote.


I’d just like to say a huge thank you for the dedication and passion you gave while ghostwriting with me.


I am amazed at what you’ve done. I’m excited. I think my memoir will be wonderful.


This is something I have been waiting to do for a long time, but when I lost my sight I thought that was it. And then I found Your Memoir.


All the books we ordered have sold and people are asking for further copies. People have been so interested! We’re really happy with everything Marnie did.


Marnie has the superb ability to write as if she is inside your head – and your heart. Marnie gave me new hope when I was struggling to write my own book.


I came to Marnie for editing and printing of my life story. I could never have hoped to do the excellent job that Marnie did.


Marnie ghosted our memoir of motorbiking around Europe for charity. The whole experience was very relaxed. Marnie was very friendly and accomodating yet professional.

Jane and Reg

Home From War is a very moving and touching story of love triumphing over all that life dealt this young soldier. A very captivating read, could not put it down. Would recommend this book.


Home From War is a truly inspirational and moving account of how love can conquer even the hardest things.


I received your book. It is absolutely fabulous. I really enjoyed reading the letters from my grandfather to you.


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