Patti’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 life story
writing also has a psychological and a spiritual 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 therapy and
* It is no accident that words and incantations are both
She is author of eight books:
The best-selling Writing Your Life (writing text) A & U 1994 new ed 2001,
The Last One Who Remembers (memoir) A & U 1997
Child (novel) A & U 1998
Whatever The Gods Do (memoir) Vintage Random House, 2003
The Memoir Book (writing text) A & U 2007.
The Mind of a Thief (narrative nonfiction) UQP May 2012
(narrative nonfiction) UQP 2015
Writing True Stories (complete guide) A & U 2017
She has been published in literary magazines since the late 1970s. Her articles and personal essays, including travel writing, are also widely published in national
newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald, in particular The Good Weekend
magazine, and The Australian. She is also included in Some Girls Do A& U 2007, an anthology of Australian women writers' short stories and memoirs about being a teenager.
Her teaching and
manuscript advice to others is not theoretical – it comes directly from
own daily experience of the joys and
challenges of her own writing.
At the same time, she has a wide knowledge of literature and
writing practice, which creates a well-informed context for her guidance. She
has a BA (Communications) from U.T.S 1981,
majoring in Writing and Literary Studies, and a MA in Writing from U.T.S 1994.
She has more than 25 years experience teaching life writing and eight years as a Lecturer in Writing and in Literature at UTS and UWS. In 1991 she began ‘Life Stories’ workshops at Varuna Writers’ House, the national writing centre in the Blue Mountains.
Patti has offered Life Writing at writers’ centres around Australia and at University of Sydney’s Continuing Education program, and has offered specialised workshops for Aboriginal groups, women’s refuges, environmental groups, mental health outpatients, migrants and refugees and a program for regional writers supported by the NSW Ministry for the Arts. She teaches the prestigious 4 month Faber Academy memoir course in Sydney.
Patti also conducts Memoir courses in Paris every year in October.
participates in the writing community and is invited to Writing Festivals and Readings. A selection of events includes:
Harold Park Hotel readings – 1980’s
Women Writers’ Weekend 1994 (State Library)
Spring Writing NSW Writers’ Centre 1994
Byron Bay Writers Festival 1997 and 2003
Society of Women Writers 1994, 1997,
Song of the Winds Festival 1997, 1998
Campbelltown Writers Week 1998 Go Girl Festival 1999
Varuna – 10 year of Life Stories 2001
Café de la Mairie (Paris) – reading 2001
National Biography Awards, State Library 2002
Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop (Paris) 2003 - reading
Sydney Writers’ Festival, 1989 and 2003
Ashfield Library - reading 2003
Gleebooks – reading 2003
Australian Publishers Association – 2003, 04, 06
Lyceum Club, 2005
Newtown Writers’ Tent 2006
Sydney Writers’ Festival 2007 – masterclasses and panel
West Ryde Library 2007 – reading and seminar
NSW State Library 2007 Talk
Wordstorm –Northern Territory Writers’ Festival
Sydney Writers Festival, Brisbane Literary Lunch, 2012
In Conversations at Stanton Library and Kings Cross Library, 2012
Readings at Ashfield, Woollahra, Bathurst Libraries 2012
Society of Women Writers Writing Competition 1997.
NSW Premier’s Award for Non Fiction Panel, 2013. 2014
Russel Prize for Humour writing 2017
Her own areas of writing interest are centred
on: memory/narrative spell / narrative and the self/construction of
/ constructing the self / memory
and knowledge/ the borders between fiction and fact / cicada dreaming - the
creative process / writing for the senses – body, landscape, place/
neuroscience, memory and consciousness.
Books by Patti Miller
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