Creative Non-Fiction with Kim Mahood
This two day masterclass is directed towards people who have a non-fiction work in progress which they want to develop. Participants should bring a piece of writing or extract from a work in progress.
The masterclass will begin with a discussion about the genre that has come to be known as creative non-fiction, and identify the elements that distinguish it from other forms of non-fiction.
We will analyse excerpts by established non-fiction writers, and carry out a series of short writing exercises to explore concepts such as authorial voice, point of view, fact, truth, scene-setting and narrative structure.
Participants will present an outline of their work and a precis of what they are trying to achieve. A specific time will be allotted to discussion and critical feedback for each person, with an opportunity to apply suggestions and techniques to a short excerpt and re-present it later for group feedback.
By the end of the workshop participants should have a number of techniques with which to approach their material, including specific suggestions for each individual, and an insight into how to invigorate non-fiction material with an infusion of methods more commonly used in fiction. It will also be an opportunity to develop skills in the critical analysis of one’s own and others work, including an understanding of the importance of structure.
Kim Mahood is the author of two non-fiction books, the recently-published memoir Position Doubtful, and the multi award-winning Craft for a Dry Lake, published in 2000. She wrote the much-circulated essay ‘Kartiya are like Toyotas – white workers on Australia’s cultural frontier‘, and her work is published in art, literary and current affairs journals. Kim grew up in Central Australia, and is a regular visitor to Alice Springs.
Honeymoon Gap, Conference Room
Lot 4012 Bullen Rd, White Gums
Tickets $200/$170 NTWC Members
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