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Masterclasses – Politics in Narrative (Cancelled)

Saturday July 4, 2020
13:00 - 17:00

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to another date. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you wish to be informed when the Masterclasses will return.

Masterclasses by established writers are coming to the Centre! Over a six-week period, beginning Saturday 4 July and finishing Saturday 8 August, six award winning writers will offer a series of Masterclasses that delve deep into the heart of story and world-building, fiction and non-fiction, imagination and identity, research and writing, narrating and editing.

These Masterclasses are suitable for emerging and established writers who are committed to focussing on individual aspects of their writing and developing that writing further. Writers of colour and LGBTQIA+ identifying folk are especially encouraged to apply. The classes will run for 4 hours over 6 Saturdays in July and August and while you are encouraged to attend all 6, you may also choose to attend individual sessions as each class is run by a different writer, although the whole program has been developed holistically and consultatively.

About Politics in Narrative

Creative writers concerned with politics – broadly defined as the realm of power imbalances and the struggle for human rights – always run the risk of insulting the reader’s intelligence by lapsing into dogmatism, moral absolutism or self-righteousness. This Master Class in “writing politics” will equip you with strategies that, instead of lecturing or condescending to readers, will encourage them to reflect on the complex nature and functions of power. To this end, the session will consider the use of affect – an appeal to emotions and sensations – as an ethical category, and the political effects of various narrative genres and techniques. Drawing on examples of overtly political narratives, participants will create their own piece(s) of writing as prompts to get started on more extended projects.

Other Masterclasses

Rediscovering the Personal with Michelle Michau Crawford

The Hybrid Narrative with Rashida Murphy

The Narrative Landscape with Portland Jones

Researched Imagination with Annamaria Weldon

Editing Amanda Curtin

Check out our Masterclasses Value Pack here.

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky, and Feet to the Stars. Her collections have been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and twice for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She has a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s fiction and has published on the subject in Australian and international literary journals.

She retired from academia in 2007 to become a full-time writer, freelance editor and workshop facilitator. The Art of Persuasion is her first novel.

Susan has edited work by some brilliant writers, including Gail Jones, Marcella Polain, Amanda Curtin, Annabel Smith, Nicole Sinclair, Kathleen Fallon and Morgan Yasbincek. She remains grateful for the intelligent and rigorous editing of her own work by Linda Martin, Nicola Redhouse and Georgia Richter.

Please note, due to limited seating we do not offer ticket refunds.


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Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia grew up in the Western Australian wheatbelt and has lived in Perth for most of her adult life. She is the author of three collections of short stories: A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars, and the novel The Art of Persuasion.

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100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
The Centre is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth Busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. The Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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