A Writer’s Journey 2017

Date and time: 8th April 2017 - 19th November 2017 12:00 am

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In 2017 our A Writer’s Journey program will cover both fiction and non-fiction, so we will be running workshops that focus on the challenges and rewards of a variety of writing formats. All workshops will be presented by leading journalists and writers. 


8th & 9th April: Research methods for fiction and non-fiction with Peter Timms and the State Library team

Peter Timms was born in Melbourne and from 1971 until 1988 worked in public art museums in Victoria and NSW. He has been a freelance writer since 1988, including periods as editor of Art Monthly Australia and art critic for The Age. He has published 11 books. His first novel Asking for Trouble was published in 2014 by HarperCollins.

30 April: Harnessing imagination – making ideas into stories with Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the author of seven novels. Heather writes for adults and children and her novels span crime fiction, fantasy, magical realism and literary fiction.  She is published internationally. Her latest novel is The Museum of Modern Love. Heather is a copywriter by trade and has been a professional writer since age 17. She is a 2017 recipient of an Australia Council grant to write her next novel. Please note that this event is a special Masterclass session with enrolment by application.


21 May: Feature writing and freelancing with Claire Konkes

Claire Konkes was born in Melbourne in 1972 but has called Tasmania since 2001. Her journalism has appeared in many publications, including The Australian, The Australian’s Review of Books and The Monthly. She lectures in Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania and her research interests tend to explore media’s contribution to public debate and governance, especially in environmental matters.


18 June: Memoir and Life Writing with Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a TV screenwriter, feature journalist and columnist. He’s the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), both of which were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. He’s also the creator and co-writer of The Family Lawan award-winning SBS TV series based on the book of the same name, and was an associate producer and researcher of the SBS feature documentary Deep Water: The Real Story (2016). Benjamin is a weekly columnist for Good Weekend, has a PhD in creative writing and has also written for more than 50 publications in Australia and worldwide.

23 July: Creative non-fiction and the art of the essay with James Dryburgh

James Dryburgh has been published in a number of publications including Smith Journal, New Internationalist, Wild Magazine, Island Magazine, Tasmania 40 South, amongst others. James writes provocative essays about important things. His first book is Essays from Near and Far (Walleah Press, 2014).

20 August: Environmental writing and journalism with Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests and Quarterly Essay 45: ‘Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals’. Anna’s work has been published in The Monthly, The Age, The Big Issue, The Best Australian Essays, The Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, Frankie and Dazed & Confused.


15 September: Non-fiction that provides a catalyst for important public conversation with Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes non-fiction books (three to date, fourth on the way), reviews, essays (included in Best Australian Essays 2011, 2012 and 2015), and pieces for performance and radio. She teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Her work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. For more on Maria, visit www.mariatumarkin.com.

Stay tuned for booking details!

15 October: The essentials of editing with Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood is a versatile writer of fiction and non-fiction, books for adults and books for children. Her first novel was the Vogel Award-winning The Alphabet of Light and Dark, and she has written two books of fairy-tale themed fiction – Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls and Mothers Grimm – and the biography Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh. Her work is published abroad in the USA, Italy, Russia and the Netherlands. Twice named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year, Danielle teaches writing at the University of Tasmania and regularly contributes to Australian literary publications such as Griffith Review and Island. Along with Tasmanian writer Heather Rose, Danielle is ‘Angelica Banks’, author of the Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventures for children. The trilogy – comprised of Finding Serendipity, A Week Without Tuesday and Blueberry Pancakes Forever – is published in the USA and Germany. Danielle lives in Hobart and teaches writing at the University of Tasmania.


19 November: Scrivener for writers with Alison Stuart

Alison Stuart is the published author of seven full length historical novels (with romance) and a collection of short stories. Many of her stories have been shortlisted for international awards and By the Sword won the 2008 EPIC Award for Best Historical Romance. She is a past president of Romance Writers of Australia.


Bookings now open via each session page.

Please note that Heather Rose’s event is a special Masterclass session with enrolment by application.

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