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Writing Family



Katherine Tamiko Arguile




Whether you draw upon your own experiences or create a household of unicorns to inhabit a fantasy, the complex dynamics of family life can provide dramatic tension and conflict, offering rich seams of narrative gold. This workshop assists in navigating the often-fraught process of writing about your own predetermined or chosen family, whether in memoir or fictional disguise, and will explore point of view, the role of setting and rendering distinctive characters within a family.
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This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • What to consider when drawing on your own family experiences for fiction and memoir
  • How to choose and leverage different points of view to highlight family dynamics
  • How to use flashbacks and time shifts to foreshadow or reveal
  • Using the family home and other physical settings to lend authenticity
  • How to create believable and distinctive characters within a family

About the Tutor:

Born and raised in Tokyo, Katherine Tamiko Arguile is an author and arts journalist of mixed Japanese and British heritage. She has written short stories, reviews and essays for Liminal, Spineless Wonders, Momaya Press, SBS and InDaily. Her novel, The Things She Owned, was published in 2020 and shortlisted for the MUD Prize for best debut literary fiction by an Australian author. Her first non-fiction book, Meshi – A personal history of Japanese food, was published in 2022.

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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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Phone: +61399178461
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 28 April 2023 - 4:00
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