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Writing life, writing self

Presenter/s: Feminist Writers Festival

Event type: Workshop

Event date: Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 2:00pm

Event venue: Muse East Hotel 69 Canberra Ave Kingston, ACT 2604

Writers are often told to ‘write what you know’, but telling personal stories in a way that resonates broadly can be a challenging task. For women writing about their lives, these challenges are often multiplied by the gendered expectations and obstacles that writing memoir presents.

In this intensive workshop, author and editor Jessica Friedmann shares practical tips and personal advice about life-writing, memoir, and what it means to tell your own story. Draw on your personal experiences to create a well-honed narrative; discuss the personal and political act of writing while female; and explore the practicalities of finessing, editing and pitching personal writing.


Participants will be required to bring a story idea or outline to share in the workshop.
This workshop is open to women and non-binary writers. The maximum workshop capacity is 18 people.


About the facilitator

Jessica Friedmann is a writer and editor living in Canberra. A graduate of the University of Melbourne with an honors thesis in creative writing, for which she won an RG Wilson Scholarship, her work has appeared in The RumpusThe Lifted BrowSmith JournalDumbo FeatherArtsHubThe Age and more. Things That Helped (Scribe, 2017) is her debut collection of essays, dealing with postpartum depression, gender, culture and the body.

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