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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

International Author Masterclass Program

Presented in association with Adelaide Writers’ Week

 

MEMBER PRIORITY BOOKING PERIOD:  1 week (please ensure that you are logged in to access the registration page)

NON MEMBER BOOKINGS OPEN: Wednesday 6 February, 5pm

 

Re-working the Classics

with Preti Taneja

Presented in association with Adelaide Writers' Week

 

British Asian novelist Preti Taneja has re imagined William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear to create her award winning new novel, We That Are Young, set in contemporary India. So many works of literature are inspired by epic stories from the past, so how do you take a canonical tale and make it new?

This essential masterclass explores how writers approach the classics and the considerations of contemporising existing works. Through practical advice and expert insight, learn about translating themes across cultures, time and languages, and how doing this reveals new insight into old stories while exposing the hidden terrors of our world today.

 

Preti Taneja teaches writing in prisons and in universities, and works in conflict and post conflict zones on minority and cultural rights. Her debut novel We That Are Young was 2017 Book of the Year in the UK's Guardian, Sunday Times and Spectator and India's The Hindu newspaper. It was listed for awards including the 2018 Folio Prize, the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and the Prix Jan Michalski, (Europe's most prestigious award for a work of world literature) and in India for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. It is the winner of the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the year's best debut novel. It is in translation around the world and is published in the USA by A.A Knopf.

 

Full Price $135 (non-member bookings open Feb 6, 5pm) / Writers SA Members Price $95

Venue: Bronwyn-Halliday Learning Studio, State Library of South Australia, Corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

 

Price: General Admission A$135.00

Date: March 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 28

Writing the Personal: Trauma & Taking Care

with Sohaila Abdulali

Presented in association with Adelaide Writers' Week

Sohaila Abdulali’s deeply personal book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape, is a shocking and powerful exploration of rape, informed by her experience as a survivor of sexual violence. So how did she write about her own life, and the lives of other people who have suffered great trauma, in a safe and considered way? What do writers need to consider—for ourselves and for others—when drawing on personal pain?

In this intimate masterclass, Sohaila Abdulali will lead us through all these considerations: confidentiality, balancing level-headedness with emotion, and how to research topics that are both so global and so personal.

 

Sohaila Abdulali was born in Mumbai and moved to the United States with her family when she was a teenager. She has a BA from Brandeis University in economics and sociology and an MA from Stanford University in communication. Her undergraduate thesis dealt with the socio-economics of rape in India. She is the author of two novels as well as children’s books and short stories. She lives in New York with her family.

 

Full Price $135 (non-member bookings open Feb 6, 5pm) / Writers SA Members Price $95

Venue: Bronwyn-Halliday Learning Studio, State Library of South Australia, Corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

 

Price: General Admission A$135.00

Date: March 3, 2019

Available Spaces: 25

Nordic Noir: Writing Rich Thrillers

with Mads Peder Nordbo

Presented in association with Adelaide Writers' Week

Join Danish crime writer Mads Peder Nordbo, author of five novels including The Girl Without Skin, for a special fiction-writing masterclass and discover why he is called the ‘Master of Arctic Crime’. Nordbo, now living in fjord-lined Greenland under the Northern Lights, considers the Arctic environment itself a character when writing his grisly Nordic thrillers.

In this dynamic session you’ll learn how to craft gritty characters, build gripping suspense, wrangle complex plot, and create a signature, evocative atmosphere. Nordbo will also share his personal approach to plotting, which he calls the hearth of the story.

 

Mads Peder Nordbo is Danish but has lived in Greenland for several years. Born in 1970, he hold degrees in Literature, Communications and Philosophy from The University of Southern Denmark and the University of Stockholm. Mads has lived in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Greenland. He works in communications at the Town Hall in Nuuk, where he amongst other things, writes for the mayor of the municipality, Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq, which stretches across the Greenland ice sheet. Mads Peder Nordbo is the author of five novels and his two latest books are being published in 19 languages - in more than 30 countries.

 

Full Price $135 (non-member bookings open Feb 6, 5pm) / Writers SA Members Price $95

Venue: The Hetzel Lecture Theatre, The Institute Building, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide 5000

 

Price: General Admission A$135.00

Date: March 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 18

Building a Story: The Architecture of Plot

with Rebecca Makkai

Presented in association with Adelaide Writers' Week

Acclaimed American novelist Rebecca Makkai says that every story is a mystery, whether or not Aunt Agnes has keeled over in her porridge. What are we reading to find out, and how can the slow reveal of information entice, rather than infuriate, a reader? What clues can we plant early in a story and harvest at the end?

In this expert masterclass with the celebrated author of The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai discusses the architecture and planning—what she calls the mystery building—of crafting great stories.

 

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, one of the New York Times' top ten books for 2018, a finalist for the National Book Award and the ALA Carnegie Medal, winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime -- four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at RebeccaMakkai.com or on twitter@rebeccamakkai

 

Full Price $135 (non-member bookings open Feb 6, 5pm) / Writers SA Members Price $95

Venue: The Hetzel Lecture Theatre, The Institute Building, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide 5000

 

Price: General Admission A$135.00

Date: March 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 17

Telling Your Story Out Loud

with Joelle Taylor

Presented in association with Adelaide Writers' Week

UK Performance Poetry Slam Champion, Joelle Taylor, is in Adelaide for an electrifying masterclass on writing and performing poetry, giving you the style, technique and confidence to read work to an audience.

Joelle will explore her speciality—poetry as reportage—drawing on her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She asks the question: How do we create original and arresting poetry for performance out of news articles, interviews, archive images and our own stories?

 

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor who has recently completed touring Europe, Australia and South East Asia with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections and 3 plays, and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. She has featured widely on radio and television, and founded the UK’s national youth slam championships in 2001, remaining its Artistic Director until 2018. Her work is taught as part of the English GCSE syllabus, and she has received a Change Maker Award and a Fellowship of the RSA.

 

Full Price $135 (non-member bookings open Feb 6, 5pm) / Writers SA Members Price $95

Venue: The Jervois Room, The Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide 5000

 

Price: General Admission A$135.00

Date: March 17, 2019

Available Spaces: 28