Launch Event with the Participation of the Author in Conversation with Teresa Capetola

Thursday 10 March 2022, 6.30-8PM

CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3054

Free entry. COVIDSafe event. Registration essential: details TBA.

“There are many guides to good writing but none as valuable as this.” - Oliver Kamm, author and columnist for The Times

Join us for an evening to celebrate the Australian publication of The Happy Writing Book, an inspirational work by award-winning author Elise Valmorbida. Her experience (20+ years as practitioner and teacher) gives her a firm belief that creative writing can deepen your appreciation of life, and empower you as an agent of positive change in the world. Expect a lively discussion with Teresa Capetola, migration scholar, sustainability advocate and founder of Ascolta Women Writers. Enjoy an exploration of creativity, wellbeing and storytelling. There’ll be time for book signing and sociability too.

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 her fourth novel, The Madonna of the Mountains. Published internationally in several languages, The Madonna of the Mountains was a New York Post “must-read”, an Edward Stanford Awards nominee, and one of the Walter Scott Prize “Academy Recommends” List. 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 work, The Happy Writing Book, is an inspirational guide to creative writing and wellbeing. “Writers, teachers, diarists, wordsmiths and good-lifers: get hold of this great book!”Tobias Jones, author, community-builder and journalist for The Guardian. Find out more at