Writing Place in Place
Saturday 17 April, 10am-1pm (bad weather back-up date: Saturday 24 April, 10am-1pm)
Full Price: $110
Conc Member: $70
The encounters that writers have with places can have a powerful effect on their work. In this in-person walking and writing workshop you will learn techniques to guide your engagement with place, training your attention through observational techniques and writing exercises.
Led by expert in place-writing Vanessa Berry, the workshop will investigate Callan Park, Sydney, focussing on the layers of stories that exist within it. This writing workshop will consider time, history, ecology, and identity, how these themes are present in the physical environment, and how engaging with them through walking can shape your writing. The workshop is suitable for writers of all levels and genres: non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
Note: This workshop takes places outdoors and involves walking. You must be available for both the course date and the back-up date in case of unsuitable weather. Please review the participant requirements below.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Developing understanding of the connections between experiences in place, and writing about place.
- Acquiring observational techniques that enrich writing about place.
- Learning a set of writing exercises that focus attention on place.
This course takes place outdoors and involves walking: participants should be prepared to walk for around 1.5 hours. The walk will be conducted at a slow pace, with rest stops. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil. COVID-safe guidelines will be followed.
Please come prepared for the outdoors: hat, sun protection, water and practical walking shoes.
If the weather is unsuitable, the course will be postponed to Saturday 24 April, 10am-1pm. By enrolling, you acknowledge and are prepared for the course to take place on either date. Writing NSW will confirm whether the course will go ahead on the originally planned date by 5pm on Friday 16 April.
If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.
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About the tutor
Vanessa Berry is a writer who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of the award-winning Mirror Sydney: an atlas of reflections (Giramondo, 2017), and the Mirror Sydney blog and podcast. She is the author of the memoirs Ninety9 (Giramondo, 2013) and Strawberry Hills Forever (Local Consumption 2007). Her new book of essays, Gentle and Fierce, will be published […]