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Masterclasses - Rediscovering The Personal (Cancelled)

Saturday July 11, 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 six 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 (Re)discovering The Personal

In this age of social media and the electronic word it seems that no opinion or idea passing through a mind can go publicly unexpressed. Budding creative writers and other artists are encouraged to participate in social media, build public profiles and develop ‘useful’ online networks before they’ve found their voices, while established artists, routinely expected to participate in public discourse, feel compelled or are called upon to comment on matters not always related to their work. Such distractions can inform our writing, but arguably, take us away from focusing on our ‘real’ work.

Suited to writers of any form and level of experience, this masterclass provides a space for participants to take time out from outside distractions to reflect on what you are putting ‘out there’ and why. Beginning with discussion and prompts to help you (re)connect with, and (re)discover what most matters to you as a writer, you will then undertake a number of exploratory and generative exercises, coming in sideways to identify and make new connections between your personal preoccupations, those things that continue to perplex, and all that you know to be fixed and true.  At the intersection and overlap of your obsessions, questions, and knowledge is where you’ll  (re)encounter the source material to further explore what really matters to you, what makes your personal  unique, and what is that only you can write. In the final part of the session you will have the opportunity to delve deeper with targeted exercises and reflection.

Other Masterclasses

Politics in Narrative with Susan Midalia

The Hybrid Narrative with Rashida Murphy

The Narrative Landscape with Portland Jones

The Research Imagination with Annamaria Weldon

Editing with Amanda Curtin

Check out our Masterclasses Value Pack here.

Michelle Michau-Crawford’s short fiction has been published in Australian Book Review, Westerly and Spiny Babbler, and she has also published poetry and non-fiction and had one of her plays performed. In 2013 she won the prestigious ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. She has also worked as a university lecturer, speechwriter, researcher and public relations officer, and has a PhD in Comparative Literature. Michelle lives with her menagerie in a house surrounded by vegetable gardens and fruit trees.

“When I was nine, my house blew away in a cyclone. It wasn’t the first, nor was it the last destabilising event I was to experience in childhood. By the time I was sixteen I had lived  in three states and one territory of Australia. I had multiple homes and attended more schools throughout those years than I am able to quite recall. Around then, I began to say, “My life has been punctuated by natural disasters.” Dramatic, perhaps, but those words pointed to something true, predicting a lifelong interest in listening for the unheard and hidden stories in the gaps and silences of lives, in rootlessness, and life lived in flux and renewal.”

“Since 2002 I have been living, second-time around, in Perth.  In 2016 my debut book,  Leaving Elvis and Other Stories, a collection of closely linked stories, was published by UWA Publishing. Several years earlier, in 2013, the titular story, Leaving Elvis, won the  ABR (Australian Book Review) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.”

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Centre for Stories
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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