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Established Author Forum: Moving Between Fiction and Non-Fiction



Alice Pung




Tagore wrote that “Truth in her dress finds facts too tight. In fiction she moves with ease.” What is the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction, and how does an author move between the two – particularly if they have been published in one genre? What are true stories as distinct from stories that speak to some fundamental truth but must be told through fiction?
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This masterclass is for established writers only: that is, writers who have had at least one book or short story collection published by a mainstream publisher or a significant publication history in literary journals or similar publication. 

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 program@writersvictoria.org.au to arrange a refund in this situation.

About the Tutor:

Alice Pung OAM is a best-selling Australian writer whose award-winning books include Unpolished Gem, Laurinda and Her Father’s Daughter. Her latest book for adults is One Hundred Days, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 2022, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Literature. 

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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
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Established Author Forum: Moving Between Fiction and Non-Fiction

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This masterclass is for established writers only, that is: writers who have had at least one book or collection of short stories published by a mainstream publisher, or a substantial publication history in literary journals or similar media. Writers should also have a substantial project in the early- to mid-stages of development.
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