A woman meets a man in England: he’s married, she is no longer married. They have known each other for years and are drawn to each other again. But this must be their final time together. Another woman recalls the man who answered an advert as a housemaster for a school in Grahamstown. He drove there from Pretoria and charmed everyone he met, before he revealed his darker side. A girl makes up a poem to recite at school, and the repressive might of apartheid thunders down on her enthusiasm.

These, and more than 50 other narratives are collected in This is how it is: True Stories from South Africa — the inaugural collection of work completed by attendees of the Life Righting Courses over the past nearly 10 years. The workshops are run by writer Dawn Garisch. They take place over three to five days and participants are encouraged to dig deep into themselves in this memoir-writing course. This collection represents a sample of the work produced. While edited and polished for publ...

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