Writing the Hard Stuff: Philosophy, Politics, Ethics – with Lia Hills

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Want to add depth to your writing? Have something you’re burning to say but don’t know how to put it into words? This fiction workshop is about identifying what it is you really want to explore on a deeper level in your work and how to do this in a way that isn’t distancing and preachy. It focuses on taking big ideas and embedding them in character and narrative, with reference to stylistic techniques you can use to reflect the concept you’re trying to convey. Participants are encouraged to bring along some ideas about what their own project might be, whether it’s philosophical, political or ethical, or a mix. Lia will speak from her own experience working with such material, but also draw on the tradition of the ‘novel of ideas’ and littérature engagée. Also suitable for poets.

Lia Hills is a Melbourne-based poet, novelist and translator. Her work has been published, translated and performed in countries as varied as Japan, Switzerland and Greece. Major works include her prize-winning poetry collection, The Possibility of Flight, and the internationally-acclaimed novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Living. Her latest novel, The Crying Place, is set mostly in Alice Springs and in a remote Aboriginal community, and is due for release in 2017. http://www.liahills.com

Saturday 23 April 2016
2pm – 4pm
The Gallery - Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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