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Feminist Writing


with Maggie Tonkin


Feminism has made a thrilling mainstream resurgence with the rise of digital media and the urgency of #MeToo, in what is being dubbed the fourth-wave of feminism, focused on combatting sexual harassment, assault, and misogyny. But women (and a few men!) have been writing from a feminist perspective for centuries in various forms and pursuits. This workshop, held in the year of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage, will acquaint you with key feminist writers both past and present, and help you find your own feminist voice across writing forms and genres.


Presented in partnership with The Centre of Democracy. 


Participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the traditions in feminist writing
  2. Gain an understanding of feminist criticism and rediscover forgotten women writers
  3. Become introduced to contemporary feminist writers
  4. Learn to read from a feminist perspective
  5. Explore different ways of writing in your own feminist voice


Maggie Tonkin is a Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide with interests in women's writing and dance. She's written extensively on late twentieth-century British feminist writer Angela Carter, including the monograph Angela Carter and Decadence: Critical Fictions/Fictional Critiques (Palgrave, 2012), and she serves on the International Advisory Board of the Angela Carter Society. Since 2004 she has written dance journalism for Dance Australia, Australia's leading industry magazine, and she is the author of FIFTY: Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre (Wakefield Press, 2016). She is currently researching the biography of acclaimed Australian choreography, Meryl Tankard, for which she was awarded a 2018 National Library of Australia Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Fellowship for Biography.


Full Price $115 / Writers SA Members Price $77

Venue: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 (Institute Building)

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