WRITING FAMILY STORIES
 
Part I: Monday 16 March 10.30AM-5.30PM (1-hr break for lunch)
Part II: Monday 23 March 10.30AM-5.30PM (1-hr break for lunch)
CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3053.
Max of 16 participants
Fee for participants: $110 (for both days). Bookings and payment: click on "Register" tab below.
 
How to write our family stories? What are the tales we inherit, and what tales need to be written for the future? Which truths are essential, and whose perspectives? This two-day creative writing course focuses on storytelling, fiction and non-fiction.
Drawing on 20+ years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida has designed this unique course to explore how best to write your family stories. In the workshops there’ll be plenty of discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback. Together we will consider the themes that emerge from subjective and collective memory, and the differences between generations. We will work on character, point of view, narrative structure and style. You’ll gain a fresh understanding of your material and how to craft it. You’ll approach your creative writing with a greater sense of confidence and direction.
This two-day course is suitable for both new and experienced writers.
 
About the Tutor:
Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia, and lives in London. She is a graduate in English language and literature, an experienced teacher and multi-published author. In 2019, she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction for her fourth novel, The Madonna of the Mountains. Published in the UK/ANZ by Faber & Faber, and internationally in several languages, The Madonna of the Mountains was The Times ‘book of the month’, a New York Post ‘must-read’, an Edward Stanford Awards nominee, and one of the Walter Scott Prize 'Academy Recommends' List. Elise's popular non-fiction work, The Book of Happy Endings, is published in four languages and four continents. For her work as script consultant, producer, and author of SAXON: The Making of a Guerrilla Film, Elise won the Edinburgh International Film Festival Trailblazer award. She teaches creative writing at Central Saint Martins, Faber Academy, Arvon and Guardian Masterclasses. Her latest book, an inspirational creative writing guide, will be published in early 2021. Find out more at www.elisevalmorbida.com

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