Place as character

a black and white picture of Tony Birch
Tony Birch
29 May 2014
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Tony Birch

“Writing place and landscape, whether in fiction or non-fiction, is a vital component to any piece of writing,” says WV tutor Tony Birch.

Tony is the author of Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009) and Blood (2011), which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin award.

His new collection of stories, The Promise will be released by UQP in 2014. Tony also writes essays and reviews, and teaches at a community level. He works in the writing program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Update: Tony will be running a workshop on Short Story as part of our Garret Series at Writers Victoria in October, 2017 .

Tony's Writing Tip

A photo of Tony Birch with the text: Writing place and landscape, whether in fiction or non-fiction, is a vital component to any piece of writing. Writers need to consider whether an essay or story utilises the charactersitics of place as a 'backdrop' to the writing or whether place is a character itself.