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Writing Migration Stories



Elise Valmorbida




Departures, arrivals, journeys, transitions… What stories emerge from the contrasts between different worlds? What happens when we move from one kind of life to another? Different identities lead to multiple perspectives. Transitions generate plot. Migration —physical, emotional, spiritual, conceptual— is rich territory for narrative inspiration. In this hands-on writing workshop we’ll explore storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) through language, memory, perspective and place. There’ll be plenty of discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback.
A photo of Elise Valmorbida.


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:

  • to focus your ideas and shape your material
  • to discover compelling stories and settings
  • to hone your language and your creative writing craft
  • to develop your unique writing voice
  • to analyze and use different writing techniques

About the Tutor:

Italian Australian author Elise Valmorbida won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2019 for her fourth novel, The Madonna of the Mountains, published internationally in several languages to critical acclaim. She has written three works of non-fiction; the latest (just published) is The Happy Writing Book, a positive guide to creative writing and wellbeing, inspired by her 20+ years of experience as writer-teacher. Elise is also an award-winning indie film producer and script consultant.

Not a Member?

Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


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

Registration for this event ended on 24 March 2023 - 4:00
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