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Narrative Nature Writing



Rebecca Giggs




Writing about the natural world can draw us into tighter community with the many animals, plants and environmental features that comprise our local landscape. This day-long course is aimed at helping you identify what is at stake in the tale you want to tell about your environment. You might intend to write about a subject as small as a flower or a garden, or something as expansive as a national park. The day proceeds through a combination of writing exercises, instruction and discussion.
A photo of Rebecca Giggs.


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. 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 [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • Change as key facet of nonfiction narrative
  • Scene writing versus exposition
  • Strategies for reflecting on the closeness of the author/narrator to their subject
  • How to begin identifying (and distinguishing) the author’s stake in their story, from the reader’s
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  • Descriptive language and the natural world

About the Tutor:

Rebecca Giggs is an award-winning author from Perth. Her non-fiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Fathoms: The World in the Whale, Rebecca’s debut book, won the prestigious 2021 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction in the US, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in that same year.

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 17 February 2023 - 4:00
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