Creative Non-Fiction Essentials
4 x Monday evenings: 3 September; 15, 22, 29 October 2018, 6:30-9:30pm
Full Price: $440
Conc Member: $265
Writing about real life – in genres spanning everything from memoir to family history, travel writing, reportage, autobiography, biography and beyond – has never been more popular or more powerful. This practical course will show you how to harness, direct and develop your non-fiction writing. It will explore the tools you need to find your literary ‘voice’, expand your storytelling abilities, and hone your narratives in a vibrant, compelling way.
Learn a series of easy-to-follow techniques that will enable you to identify the characteristics and conventions of writing non-fiction. Practise applying these in order to structure and develop new works of creative non-fiction. Using real-life examples, and workshopping with others, you will explore how to bring your prose to life, how to develop a sense of place, time, character and dialogue, and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Over four weeks, this course will cover the use of research in non-fiction; the problematic issues of ethics, truth, privacy and representation; and crucial techniques to prepare your work for publication.
This course will fuel and enrich your storytelling skills and give you the confidence to evolve as a writer.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Participants will develop the tools needed to identify the key elements of non-fiction storytelling.
- Participants will develop their narrative skills in form and voice.
- Participants will gain confidence in cultivating writing projects and in pushing the boundaries of creative non-fiction.
Notebook and pen
A project to work on – this can be at any stage of development
About the tutor
Helen O’Neill is an award-winning journalist and author whose books are published in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK. Her non-fiction books include Daffodil: The biography of a flower, A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler, and Florence Broadhurst – Her secret and extraordinary lives. A former staff journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald, the […]