with author Elise Valmorbida
Date: Saturday 2 March
Time: 10:30am - 5:30pm. There will be breaks for morning tea (coffee and tea provided) and lunch (not included).
Location: CO.AS.IT. 199 Faraday Street 
Fee: $65
Booking Required
Max 16 participants.

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Sometimes people refer to ‘setting’ as if it’s a decorative backdrop for a story. But place is much more than this. What does ‘place’ mean? Is it a matter of geography, history, emotion, imagination…? It can be all of these and more. Place can be the subject of our writing, a world, a life, the very thing that shapes us and our stories. This one-day creative writing course focuses on exploring place through words: fiction, non-fiction and the in-between.

Drawing on 20+ years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida has designed this unique course to explore writing about place. In the workshop there’ll be plenty of discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback. Together we will consider the themes that emerge from creative exploration. We will work on point of view, narrative structure, language and style. You’ll gain a fresh understanding of how to craft your material. You’ll approach your creative writing with a greater sense of confidence and direction. This one-day workshop covers fresh new territory, so do feel free to apply even if you’ve attended other writing sessions with Elise Valmorbida. The day is suitable for both new and experienced writers of any heritage or background.


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 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 with Central Saint Martins, Faber Academy, Writers Victoria, Arvon, Guardian Masterclasses, literary festivals and community-building organisations. Her latest non-fiction, The Happy Writing Book, is an inspirational guide to creative writing and wellbeing. ‘There are many guides to good writing but none as valuable as this.’ —Oliver Kamm, author and columnist for The Times. You can follow Elise on Instagram @elisevalmorbida and find out more at www.elisevalmorbida.com

Educational programs
Offering a special education program for teachers of Italian, English and SOSE – with self-guided or staff-led options – Museo Italiano is the perfect place for your next excursion!
School visits
Further research
The IHS has extensive collections of historic materials documenting the Italian presence in Australia. These are made available to scholars, writers and the community to assist them in family and community research.
Temporary exhibitions and events

Complementing the Museo's permanent collections, Co.As.It. regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
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Cultural program