Online: Writing a Sense of Place
Wednesday 17 March to Tuesday 23 March 2021, online
Full price: $210
Conc Member: $135
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 online writing course with Felicity Castagna, 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.
Online: Writing a Sense of Place is suitable for those wishing to creatively explore place through many different modes such as fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and travel writing.
Participants should come with a specific place in mind they will creatively explore throughout the course.
Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
You do not need to log into the course at a specific time and there are no live meetings.
- Participants will work through several lessons, which will open sequentially over the first few days of the course (see course dates in the blue box above).
- You can complete the lesson material in your own time.
- This course includes short writing assignments and the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback. Some assignments will receive tutor feedback if completed by the deadlines provided.
Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person. We recommend allocating an hour a day to the course while it is running. By setting aside this time, you will get the most out of the course, and be able to engage with other participants and the tutor.
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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 […]