Heather King

Capture Your Life's Fire: A Memoir Writing Workshop

The questions as we contemplate writing a memoir tend to go like this:

How do I start? How do I organize my material? How do I overcome the voices in my head? How do I shape the events of my life into a story? Was I walking with God in those dark places? How do I make time for writing when I have so many other responsibilities?

The format for this weeklong workshop will include talks, discussions, prompts, and plenty of quiet writing time. We’ll learn tips and techniques to help us structure our stories, envision our narrative arcs, and adapt our life events into a chronological memoir.

We’ll focus on the craft of writing, and on enlarging our hearts, horizons and souls. We’ll read from our works-in-progress, give and receive notes, and share our questions, challenges, and triumphs.

We’ll form a tightly-knit, supportive community that invites stretching, exploring, and growing. We’ll meet one-on-one during the week.

The only requirement for the Workshop is a desire to establish a more dedicated and structured way to write. The participants will bring a wide range of sensibilities and levels of expertise. Some of us may never seriously written before, nor shown our work to another human being. Others may have been published.

Every human being has an authentic voice and a unique story. Let’s get together—human-to-human—and start telling them.

Reserve a spot   Writing Workshop Schedule [PDF, 1MB]

Date Options

  • 8-13 September 2024*

*This programme is now sold out! 2025 dates will be September 7th-12th, 2025. Email ckieffe2@nd.edu to be notified when bookings for 2025 open.


  • €1700 ($1870) for one person
  • *€150 for optional extra night
  • 5 Night Accommodation Single Ensuite at the Notre Dame Kylemore - rooms and common spaces renovated to a high standard
  • All meals by renowned chef Mikel Redondo with locally sourced ingredients - plentiful dishes with tea and coffee available throughout the day
  • Tuition & Cultural Programing

PLEASE NOTE: Cost does NOT include travel to Ireland.

Workshop Supplies

Participants are asked to bring:

  • journals
  • writing tools
  • comfortable clothing
Kylemore Food
Kylemore Food


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 Heather King

Heather King is a writer with a dozen books, a former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and an award-winning arts and culture columnist. She also speaks, edits, and gives workshops and retreats. King has written memoirs about alcoholism (PARCHED), food (FAMISHED), gardening (HARROWED), money and earning (LOADED), converting to Catholicism (REDEEMED), and St. Thérèse of Lisieux (SHIRT OF FLAME). She writes weekly on literature, painting, dance and film for Angelus News, the archdiocesan newspaper of LA. And she is thrilled to share her experience, strength and hope with other aspiring memoir-writers.

For more, visit heather-king.com.