This new one-day workshop delivered at Writing NSW in Rozelle, Sydney, explores affect, emotion, feeling, and embodiment and why they matter when it comes to writing. Through discussion, ‘reading as a writer’ reflection on selected texts, writing exercises, and workshopping, participants will gain insight into the various options for and effects of working with emotion in writing. Registrations open soon.
Writing NSW is offering this popular online workshop facilitating writing ‘literary trauma testimony’ - writing that uses creative strategies to testify to traumatic experience - over two weeks this year, to enable participants to make the most of the wealth of resources and to have more time to work on written submissions. The course features close readings of selected texts and explores the ethics and potential danger of writing trauma. Participants will complete writing exercises with the aim of producing a piece of literary writing that illuminates individual, collective, and/or transgenerational trauma in some way. Registrations open soon.
This online workshop facilitates writing ‘literary trauma testimony’ - writing that uses creative strategies to testify to traumatic experience. It features close readings of selected texts and explores the ethics and potential danger of writing trauma. Participants will complete writing exercises with the aim of producing a piece of literary writing that illuminates individual, collective, and/or transgenerational trauma in some way. Register here.
I've been invited to facilitate a full-day 'Writing Trauma' workshop at Writing NSW in Rozelle, Sydney, in early December. There are still a few spots available, and they are taking registrations (so long as openings remain) up until the day. If you'd like to come along and explore the world of literary trauma testimony, you can register here.
I'll be talking trauma with Ariel Burger (US), Maria Tumarkin, and Michaela Kalowski in 'The Weight of Trauma' at Sydney Jewish Writers Festival at 5 pm on August 25th. Book to join me here.
I'm also appearing at several events, including 'Women's Bodies' with Jess Hill, Jane Caro, and Jenna Guillaume, 'Crime Fiction and #MeToo', with Caroline de Costa, M J Tija, and Meg Vann, and 'Tributes to Carpentaria', with Melissa Lucashenko and Cheryl Leavy. More details here.
Southerly: The Lives of Others
I have new short fiction titled 'Necropolis Drive' out in Southerly 78.2, which is being launched on Wednesday, June 19, at the UNSW Bookshop Unfortunately, I won't be there as I will be on writing retreat thanks to a 2019 Griffith Review Contributors Circle Varuna Residency award. RSVP here or buy a copy direct from Southerly here.
Lee Kofman Guest Blog Post
The lovely Lee Kofman invited me to contribute a guest blog post on her famed The Writing Life blog for March. You can read about my wrangling with writing trauma here.
Dr Michael Richardson, Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts & Media at the University of New South Wales, has reviewed Traumata and The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma together in TEXT Journal Vol 22 No 2, Oct 2018. You can read this extra special review in full here.