The Life Righting Collective runs courses to encourage self-exploration through life writing, raises funds for course fees and brings people together to share their stories and grow community.

Redelinghuys Residential Memoir Course

Redelinghuys Keystone Memoir Course

KEYSTONE MEMOIR COURSE: Writing ourselves right

We all have a story to tell from our own lives about how we became who we are. Stories about the way we were born - or about how someone helped us. About how we got ill - or overcame a terrible loss.

Stories about how someone we loved hurt us - or how a political or spiritual event almost broke us. Stories about how we were bullied, about how an accident changed the course of our lives - or about how we were able to make a difference in someone else’s life.

These stories are often invisible to others. They might still influence the way we think and feel in ways we don’t fully understand. They might make us think – or they might make us ache.

Writing about your own life can help you connect with the story you are living and it can help to heal or manage the effects of trauma. It is a powerful way for us to communicate and to grow compassion for ourselves and for each other.

The tools we need to write effectively are also tools that help us live more creatively and less anxiously. Whether you are writing fiction or plays or poetry, life writing skills can help you deepen observation of our human preferences, habits and tendencies - and how they impact on ourselves, other people and the natural environment.

During the course we will find refreshing approaches to assist us in putting our personal stories down on the page. Beginner writers are welcome.

This residential course in Redelinghuys, near Eland's Bay on the Cape West Coast, allows you to delve into your story in a delightful rural setting in the characterful village of Redelinghuys, approximately 2.5 hours’ drive north of Cape Town. Comfortable and characterful full board and lodging will be arranged by the LRC and our generous hosts, Lizzie and Garry Sheard.  

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More information on the accommodation options is available by emailing or:

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Dates: Friday June 14th 9am to Sunday June 16th 1pm (arrival on evening of Thursday 13th June recommended: a meal can be provided on request)

Times: 9am - 3pm Fri/Sat; 9am to 1pm Sun

Venue: Voortrekker St, Redelinghuys

Facilitator: Giles Griffin (Learn more about our facilitators here)

Workshop fee: R3000

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Catering costs: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, plus breakfast and lunch on Sunday will be included in the accommodation costs: vegetarian food will be served. Please let us know if you have other dietary needs. As per above, a meal on Thursday night can be arranged for those arriving the night before the course starts.

Accommodation costs: To be confirmed depending on accommodation option selected – double room single occupancy, double room double occupancy, twin single or double occupancy, dormitory options etc. Prices for the weekend, including all fees, catering and accommodation range from approximately R5 000 to R7 000 per head, depending on the accommodation.

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Here is some course feedback from past participants:

"The course allowed me to connect the dots of my life journey towards writing a meaningful story that I had not been paying attention to. I enjoyed how the facilitator handled the space, ensuring everyone was at ease." ANDREW SELONDO,  CAPE TOWN
"Attending the memoir course was unexpectedly empowering. It took me down into the very roots of my life experience in a safe and supportive nurturing environment." HELENA KINGWILL, CAPE TOWN

“Loved it! Structure worked well, facilitator was well organised, supportive, caring knowledgeable about writing, but also on the ball as to the emotion of it all.” JH, CAPE TOWN

Sponsored places for course fees are available on all our courses. Please apply to for a motivation form.

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