Creative Forms of Life Writing
Summary:From oral history through family biography to autofiction, this course will cover a series of techniques for writing from lived experiences – both your own and others’. Key questions for the course include: how do we honour someone’s testimony? How do we write about life in all its complex entanglement? The workshop will include discussion of the ethics, challenges and rewards of life writing, as well as practical exercises focused on preparing for and conducting interviews.
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You Will Learn:
- How to prepare for and conduct long form interviews
- How to manage long term relationships with interviewees
- How to collaborate with others on life writing projects
- How to edit lengthy interview transcripts
- How to use life writing material for other projects
About the Tutor:
André Dao is a writer, editor, researcher and artist. His debut novel, Anam, won the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. He is also the co-founder of Behind the Wire, an oral history project documenting people’s experience of immigration detention, and a producer of the Walkley-award winning podcast, The Messenger.
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