Literary Non-fiction with Ellena Savage


May 10th, 2023 6:00 PM — May 10th, 2023 9:00 PM



May 10th, 2023 6:00 PM — May 10th, 2023 9:00 PM


Guided by the idea that “history happens once, memory happens infinitely” , join Ellena Savage for this two-part workshop that explores how literary writing can utilise a deep respect for the subjects of history—many of them history’s victims—while at the same time looking towards, and writing for, a more just future.

Writers confront the past from a unique position, with neither the disciplinary constraints that bind historians nor the strategic sentiments that govern politics. Learn to write from memories using caution, hope, and play, with this respected lyric essayist.

You'll explore a range of innovative writing and research strategies for documenting and interrogating our individual and collective memories ethically, provocatively, humorously, and beautifully. This workshop focuses on literary non-fiction but its lessons are applicable to all genres.


Participants will:

  • Think through Susan Buck-Morss’ idea, that: “That which survives in the archives does so by chance. Disappearance is the rule.” Interrogate and acknowledge gaps and errors in documented/remembered histories
  • Learn some innovative and rigorous approaches to writing through these gaps and silences
  • Learn to use primary documents to research, interpret and recreate stories from your own history
  • Learn to use primary and secondary documents to research, interpret and recreate historical events outside your lived experience
  • Learn to use literary ‘models’ to guide your own writing


Session dates: 6:00pm to 9:00pm Wednesday May 10 and 17.


About Ellena Savage

Dr Ellena Savage is an author and early career scholar in creative writing. Her debut essay collection Blueberries (2020) was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Stella Prize. She was a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholar 2019/21 and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham in 2022/23. She is currently working on a novel with support from the Australia Council for the Arts.


Members $130 / Non-members $205

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Instructions will be emailed to you, please check your spam/junk folders. A recording will be available to registered participants for two weeks after the course's conclusion.


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Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on May 10th, 2023 5:00 PM

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