Why write about the past, and how does it relate to the present? Your inspiration may be a stash of letters or photos, perhaps a significant life event. It may spring from a desire to capture earlier times before the details vanish, or it’s the impulse to create a legacy document, a well-told tale for future generations. You may wish to give form to anecdotes and narrative fragments that you’ve heard over time—even myths and dreams. The source material may be your own personal memories. This two-day creative writing course focuses on fiction, non-fiction and the in-between.
Drawing on 20+ years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida has designed this unique two-day course to explore writing about the past and the present. In the workshops there’ll be plenty of discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback. Together we will consider the themes that emerge—remembering and forgetting, documenting, distorting, understanding anew. We will work on inspirations, point of view, narrative structure and style. You’ll gain a fresh understanding of how to craft your material. You’ll approach creative writing with a greater sense of confidence and direction.
This two-day course is suitable for both new and experienced writers of any heritage or background. The workshops cover fresh new territory, so do feel free to apply even if you’ve attended other writing sessions with Elise Valmorbida. After the first workshop day, there’s an interval of one week, during which time you’ll be writing/editing for the second workshop day. Throughout, you’ll have constructive support and attentive guidance.
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