What is a memoir? It could be anything from a scientific enquiry or even a personal account of a life. That kind of memoir is a unique tool to turn our memories into manuscripts. And if done well, a memoir can shed light on a life led: an athlete, an entrepreneur, an assassin, all kinds of people. It can also chronicle and bring back a time gone by, a world we no longer see around us. If told well, that story alone becomes fascinating and valuable. Avid Learning presents Writing Memoirs, a day-long workshop that will explore the art of memoir writing with Writer and Journalist Dilip D’Souza, whose works include “Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar”, “Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America” and “Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More Number”. He will push you to mine your memories, to think deeply about what your experiences have meant to you. He will discuss what might and might not fit in a memoir, and then find ways to tell those stories. He will share lessons learned from his own efforts to write memoirs. He will offer you food for thought in the shape of excerpts from successful (and maybe not-so-successful) memoirs.
Dilip D’Souza is an award-winning writer and journalist, who writes about themes like development, nationalism, science, poverty, sports, as well as travel and mathematics. His writing is fuelled by travel, for he believes he must know and understand, first-hand, the issues he writes about. He searches for the small stories that hold larger lessons because it’s in telling those stories that his writing is most effective. He has won several awards for his writing, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award, the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek/Daily Beast South Asia Commentary Prize. He has written seven books, including "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America" and "Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More Number". You can find him on Twitter at @DeathEndsFun.Read more