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SIAN PRIOR MEMOIR WORKSHOPS

Sion Prior


Life writing (including memoir) involves much more than a description of ‘what happened to me’. It requires a thoughtful excavation of the self and an empathy with your imagined readers. In this workshop we will explore: how to separate the ‘story’ you want to tell from the ‘situation’ you are describing; how to find the right ‘voice’ for your story; and how to create vivid ‘characters’ from real people (including yourself.

Dr Sian Prior teaches creative writing at RMIT University, Writers Victoria and The School of Life. She is a columnist for The Age and the author of ‘Shy: a memoir’ (Text Publishing)

BEGINNERS WORKSHOP
For those whow have thought about writing a memoir, but are not sure how to start.
Saturday 7 July 2018
1.30pm - 5.30pm
MIM (Museum of Innocence)
33 Deakin Ave, Mildura
$20 Limited Numbers




EMERGING WRITERS WORKSHOP
For those with writing experience who want some practical guidelines.
Sunday 8 July 2018
1.30pm - 5.30pm
MIM (Museum of Innocence)
33 Deakin Ave, Mildura
$20 Limited Numbers




CATE KENNEDY WORKSHOP



How to kick-start your story…and how to finish it!
presented by Writers Victoria

Thursday 19 July 2018
1.30pm - 5.30pm MIM (Museum of Innocence)
33 Deakin Ave, Mildura
 
Cate Kennedy will illustrate how to make your story feel energized, vivid and engaging using some key concepts of structure, characterization and imagery. In this workshop Cate will show participants how to practice striking the perfect balance between action, dialogue, narrative ‘beats’ and description and encourage participants to revise and shape their germ of a story idea to bring it to life.

Register here
 
About Cate 
 
Cate Kennedy is the author of three poetry collections, a novel, a memoir and two collections of short stories. Her work has been published internationally and her story collections are both on the Victorian School Literature syllabus. She is the recipient of several awards for her work including the Queensland Literary Prize for her collection “Like a House on Fire”, the NSW Premier’s People’s Choice Award for her novel “The World Beneath” and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for her most recent poetry collection “The Taste of River Water.”

TELLING YOUR STORY WITH MARIE MUNKARA 


For aspiring and aspired indigenous writers this workshop will explore the different elements and forms of creative writing and why we are driven by this need to express ourselves in these ways. We will examine the use of indigenous content, characters and themes in both fiction and non-fiction works and how this material can be presented in a culturally appropriate way while still maintaining the individual expression of the writer. Participants are urged to bring along a short piece of their work for discussion.

Of Rembarranga and Tiwi descent, Marie Munkara was delivered on the banks of the Mainoru River in Arnhem land by her two grandmothers and spent her early years on Bathurst Island. She has written two novels, Every Secret Thing (winner of the David Unaipon Award in 2008 and the 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year) and A Most Peculiar Act; two children’s books, Rusty Brown, Rusty and Jojo; and a memoir, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea (shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award in 2017). Marie is currently writing a TV mini-series based on Every Secret Thing and working on her PhD.

Thursday 19 July 2018
10.30 – 3.30 pm (includes lunch)
The Art Vault
43 Deakin Ave, Mildura

This is a free event hosted by PEN Melbourne for Indigenous participants.
Please register here: info@mildurawritersfestival.com.au or  phone Helen on 0417 556 821


WRITERS IN ACTION

A La Trobe University subject that studies professional and creative "writers in action" through engaging students as active participants in a regional festivals including Mildura Writers Festival.

This subject is perfect for professional writers and writing enthusiasts. It gives you the chance to network with experienced authors and other key players in the writing world through exclusive writing seminars and workshops, media access to festival presenters and invitations to VIP festival welcome events and keynote sessions.

For more information visit:

La Trobe University Writers in Action Blog
http://wia-festival.blogspot.com.au/
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