Writing Life Stories

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Writing Life Stories

Join acclaimed author and memoirist, Chris Raja, for a three hour workshop exploring different approaches to and techniques for writing from memory. In this engaging session, Chris demonstrates how to craft personal narratives that are compelling and honest, in order to present vulnerable or important moments in life. Workshop participants are guided in reflecting on a past event as a stepping stone to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to write about their life.

Chris Raja Bio:

Christopher Raja is the author of the memoir, Into the Suburbs: A Migrant’s Story (UQP, 2020),which was shortlisted for the 2019 PRH Australia Literary Prize, and Highly Commended in the National Biography Award in 2021. Chris Raja has also co-authored the play The First Garden with Natasha Raja, which was performed in botanical gardens throughout Australia and published by Currency Press in 2012. His debut novel, The Burning Elephant, was published in 2015 (Giramondo), and was completed with the assistance of an Australia Council New Work grant. Chris has lived in the Northern Territory for 12 years and has been twice shortlisted for its Chief Minister’s NT Book of the Year Award. He migrated from Calcutta to Melbourne in 1986.

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