Writing Place: Tips, Tools & Hidden Treasures

A portrait of Meg Mundell, photo credit Joanne Manariti Photography
28 March 2020 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Meg Mundell
Places are much more than backdrops, locations, or settings: place is a vital cornerstone of human life, a personality-shaping force, and a potent source of narrative gold. Whatever your genre, place can help drive plot, trigger action, amplify conflict, evoke mood, stir emotion, mold character, underscore themes, and offer a valuable “way in” to stories for both writers and readers. Tapping into the subtle powers of place, we’ll explore a range of practical techniques to enrich your writing.

You will learn:

  • Sense of place: what it is, why it matters, and how it can lend power to your writing
  • Place-based techniques: harnessing personal memory, site visits, sensory attentiveness, shared knowledge, imagery/metaphor/symbolism…and the “spooky stuff”
  • Describing versus evoking place: getting the balance right
  • Place and empathy: the value of “inhabiting” your characters
  • World-building: tips and tricks

About Meg Mundell

Meg Mundell is a writer and cultural geographer. Her first novel, Black Glass, was shortlisted for several prizes; her second novel, The Trespassers (UQP, August 2019), has been described as “beautifully written and absolutely gripping” (Favel Parrett), “stylish and assured” (Graeme Simsion), and “a riveting read” (Jed Mercurio). Meg’s writing has appeared in Best Australian Stories, The Guardian, The Age, Meanjin, and elsewhere. She edited We Are Here (Affirm Press, October 2019), featuring writers who have experienced homelessness.


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