Memoir writing and Workshops

Heather Rosser

Novelist, Memoirist and Educational Author

© 2013 Heather Rosser


Writing memoir

Growing up in the Mandara Mountains grew from research for my article ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth among the Gude’ published in 1979. My eldest daughter, Melinda, was only five weeks old when we flew from London to Nigeria. She often accompanied me to remote villages on visits to traditional chiefs, healers and families of my student interpreters. I have used my research notes, diaries, letters, photographs, contemporary literature and memory in writing this book.


Researching family history

Inspiration for my novel, In the Line of Duty, came from whispers of family secrets surrounding my mother’s family home by Llangelynnin Old Church above Conwy in North Wales. The book is based partly on her unfinished memoir and stories passed down by my uncle and aunt. Staff at Llandudno Museum and the Fleet Air Arm Museum were particularly helpful when I was researching the First World War during the period when my grandfather was a sea-plane pilot.







Talks and Workshops

15/01/14  Kennington writers group  Memoir writing workshop

05/06/14  Writers in Oxford   Writing historical narrative

28/06/14  West Oxford Centre  WW1 street party to launch In the Line of Duty

30/06/14  Botley W.I.   First World War in fiction

10/07/14  Sunningwell W.I.   Writing fiction from fact

11/08/14  Fairfield Residential home  Writing memoir

18/08/14  Headington library  WW1 novel and short story set in Headington

03/11/14  Kennington library  Background to In the Line of Duty

27/01/15  West Oxford Centre  White Feathers in First World War

28/01/15  Faringdon Women’s Fellowship Voluntary societies in WW1

20/04/15  Faringdon W.I.   Writing family history

26/06/15  Fairfield Residential home  Writing memoir

03/02/16  Kennington library  Life Writing

10/02/16  Faringdon Women’s Fellowship Short story: In Time for the Wake

09/06/16  Market Rasen U3A  Families in First World War

12/06/16  Worcester literary festival  How to get your novel published

21/06/17  Farringdon Historical Society White Feathers in the First World War

06/09/17  Kennington Library Writing short stories


If you are interested in hosting a talk or workshop please contact me.