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Masterclass - Politics and Creative Writing

Saturday May 8, 2021
13:00 - 16:00
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Six award winning writers will offer a series of six Masterclasses that delve deep into the heart of story. 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, writers living with a disability, and LGBTQIA+ writers are especially encouraged to attend.

Politics and Creative Writing with Susan Midalia

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 Masterclass 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

While you are encouraged to attend all six classes, 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.

17 April – The Narrative Landscape with Portland Jones

24 April – The Hybrid (Decolonised) Narrative with Rashida Murphy

1 May – Science in Story and Imagination with Vivienne Glance

22 May – The Researched Imagination with Annamaria Weldon

29 May – Editing Your Own Work with Amanda Curtin

Check out our Masterclasses Value Pack here.

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major Australian literary awards. Her debut novel The Art of Persuasion was published in 2018, and her second novel will be published by Fremantle Press early in 2021. She is currently enjoying the pleasures of writing micro-fiction. Susan also works as a freelance editor, mentor and workshop facilitator. She has a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s writing, and has published on the subject in national and international literary journals.

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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.

Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
Centre for Stories 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. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your writing? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Book Online
Pack a picnic, hear from two trained storytellers, and mingle with local members of your community! Book Online
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