Online Workshop: Writing the City
Summary:This workshop will address multiple ways to write and think about urban space for those working across non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Moving beyond conventional western definitions, we will consider tools and strategies to write about urban places while appropriately engaging with their ongoing Indigenous heritage and culture. Highlighting multiple perspectives, history and understanding of urban space, this course will assist participants in moving beyond monocultural and clichéd conceptions of place.
This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.
You Will Learn:
- Counter-mapping and new ways to think about urban geography that challenge dominate world views
- How to write about cities and suburbs to strengthen narrative and create mood
- Approaches to acknowledging Country in contemporary writing about urban place
- Research techniques to improve writing about urban space
- Understanding your relationship to urban place and acknowledging your position and identities in writing about urban place
About the Tutor:
Timmah Ball is a writer, researcher and creative practitioner of Ballardong Noongar heritage. She is the editor for First Nations writing at The Westerly Magazine and Arts House Makeshift Publics artist for 2021 where she developed the publication Do Planners Dream of Electric Sheep? In 2016, she won the Patricia Hackett Prize for her essay “In Australia” and has published in a range of literary journals and magazines such as Meanjin, The Griffith Review, Art Link and The Sydney Review of Books.
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