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Psychogeography and the Suburbs



Nick Gadd




Urban and suburban environments contain intriguing features that can be the starting points for stories. Hone your eyes to old signage, details of architecture, traces of the past, and the poetry of the everyday. Inspired by the Situationists and the idea of psychogeography, we will investigate how ordinary places are rich source material. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or memoir, insights from this workshop will stimulate ideas. This workshop is site-specific, with time spent writing and wandering.
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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:

  • How to find inspiration for your work in local environments.
  • How to fill your writing with carefully-observed, unique details
  • How to bring suburban scenes and settings to life in your novel, memoir, essay or poem
  • How to uncover stories behind suburban locations
  • How to give your writing a strong sense of place

About the Tutor:

Nick Gadd's latest book, Melbourne Circle: Walking, Memory and Loss, is a memoir-travelogue describing a two-year walk around the city in search of stories, memories and traces of the past. Nick was the 2015 winner of the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize. He is the author of two novels: Death of a Typographer was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction in 2020 and Ghostlines won a Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. He lives in Yarraville.

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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]

Psychogeography and the Suburbs

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