I have been doing a review of my reading and writing thus far. Over the past few months, I have collated a lot of great material to work with, both with my own autobiographical writing and with the autobiographies of other working-class women – there are a number of contemporary autobiographies and several older unpublished ones to add to my repertoire. I believe I have two prospective books in the making. Actually, I could do with some help to get to grips with all the material. I’m starting the creative writing course soon, so that should be productive.
I think it’s a good idea to draw a line in my autobiography where I went to University the first time round – as an undergraduate. Like I said, that way I’ve come full circle, which lends the opportunity to do all kinds of intellectualizing. Let’s call this Volume One.
I’ve obviously missed a lot out. But life-writing is necessarily selective, and we all have our reasons: some deliberate, others not so.
At this point, I think it would be fruitful to elaborate on what I’ve already written, and the issues it raises, and to fill in some of the gaps of my story.
I will continue to read other working-class women's autobiographies, and to post some of my favourite quotations. There is a continuation of working-class experience (and some notable differences, of course) and overall there is solidarity to be gained from reading about other working-class women's lives.
There is a poetry module on the creative writing course, so in anticipation of that I will seek out some working-class women's poetry to help get myself acclimatized. If I see any I particularly like; I will post it for your very own appreciation, dear reader.
To cut a long story short: