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Collaborating with Your Subject



Ailsa Wild (with guest Simone Sheridan)




This workshop will explore writing non-fiction in collaboration with a subject, discussing examples and trying interviewing and writing exercises. In journalism, subjects are usually allowed to check quotes but not read articles before print, but Ailsa wrote The Care Factor in collaboration with Simone Sheridan, the book’s subject. What can a deeply collaborative author/subject relationship look like and how do we keep it respectful? In what ways is it more or less authentic? What writing might emerge when we work this way?
A photo of Ailsa Wild and Simone Sheridan.


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here:. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact program@writersvictoria.org.au to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • Setting up a respectful author/subject collaboration
  • Collaborative interviewing techniques
  • Practicalities of recording and transcription
  • Collaborating over edits
  • Acknowledgement, payment and publicity: what role does the subject have?

About the Tutor:

Ailsa Wild is an author, performer and community artist with a history of deep collaboration. Ailsa’s most recent book, The Care Factor, is a snapshot biography of her dear friend Simone Sheridan, who worked as a nurse during the 2020 coronavirus waves in Melbourne. Ailsa has written two junior fiction series and several science communication books for younger readers. She has spoken about storytelling to audiences of all ages across Australia.

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: 0390947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Collaborating with Your Subject

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