Online: Writing a Sense of Place
12 to 18 August 2020, online
Full price: $200
Conc Member: $120
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The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding. As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place’. But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course participants will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location.
This course will provide creative strategies such as: viewing place as a character; uncovering the meaning and personal identity of place; discovering the meaning of home and uncovering a place’s relationship to the natural world. Participants will learn: how to write with ‘telling details’ as opposed to too much detail; how to offer an unexpected way into a place and some strategies for weaving a sense of place into the narrative.
This course is suitable for those wishing to creatively explore place through many different modes such as fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and travel writing.
Please note, we’ve designed this online course to meet your learning needs. You can work through the lesson material, ask questions, and engage with fellow writers at any time throughout the course. There are no live meetings.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program.
Participants should come with a specific place in mind they will creatively explore throughout the course.
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About the tutor
Felicity Castagna’s first book was a collection of stories, Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia. It was followed up with a YA novel, The Incredible Here and Now, which won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award in 2014. Felicity turned The Incredible Here and Now into a play that premiered at The National Theatre of […]