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with Fiona Wright


This session is all about demystifying the literary essay, by exploring some approaches to the form, ways of thinking about the work that it can do, and some possible ideas about exactly what it is and might be. Working from a number of examples and ideas from contemporary essayists, it will look at ways to write non-fiction that’s wide-ranging and engaging, and that shapes different kinds of materials and ideas into a coherent whole.


Participants will:

  • •Learn about a number of approaches to narrative non-fiction
  • •Understand some of the different forms and genres of literary essay
  • •Consider different ways of beginning a literary essay
  • •Think about how to integrate research into a literary essay
  • •Experiment with voice, form and function in non-fiction


About Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction and was shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole.



Full Price $50 / Writers SA Members Price $35

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Date: February 23, 2021

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