Thinking with Objects: A Memoir Workshop
Saturday 15 February, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $200
Conc Member: $120
All material objects, from the most precious to the most mundane, have a story to tell. In memoir writing, they can be used to powerful effect to shape the narrative, and to engage readers. This workshop with award-winning author Vanessa Berry will guide you in using the narrative power of objects to help you shape your story.
Objects connect us with stories of people, places and times, in our personal and cultural histories. In this workshop you will learn creative ways to consider and write about objects. The course will cover effective descriptive techniques, how to successfully integrate objects into life narratives, and how, through experiments and exercises, the potential of material objects can be unlocked. The workshop will also cover research skills and resources for working with archival and museum collections.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- To learn and put into practice techniques for writing effectively about material objects.
- Understanding the potential of material objects in the development and writing of engaging memoir and life narratives.
- Development of research skills to enrich memoir, through engaging with archives and collections.
Please come with a personal object in mind to write about. If possible, bring in an image of this object (or the object, if you are comfortable bringing it in, though please be cautious with fragile/precious items). Please bring pen and paper, or your fully charged device.
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About the tutor
Vanessa Berry is a writer who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of three books, including Mirror Sydney: an atlas of reflections (Giramondo, 2017), which includes the award-winning essay ‘Excavating St Peters’ (Woollahra Digital Literary Award, 2017). Mirror Sydney won the Mascara Avant-Garde Literary Award in 2018. She is the author […]