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Lunchtime Bite: What Can Writers Learn From Magicians?



Sarah Giles




Writing is a special kind of magic and writers can learn a lot from magicians. A magic trick is an intricate narrative with a beginning, middle and end teeming with tension, conflict and point of view, set ups, and pay offs. In this session, we will explore writing through the magician’s lens, understanding the elements of a story as the many moving parts needed to create an entertaining and engaging illusion.
A portrait of Sarah Giles.


This seminar will take place online and will be recorded, with the recording sent to registered participants afterward. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided in the week preceding the event.

You Will Learn:

  • How to see writing through a magician’s lens
  • Identify the practical elements that make up a story (and a good illusion)
  • How to structure a story like an illusionist structures their tricks
  • Enhance your stories with a magician’s twist
  • How to add tension to your stories

About the Tutor:

Sarah Giles (she/her) is a writer and PhD candidate at Swinburne University. She is researching the possibilities of the contemporary short story cycle as a means for exploring women’s experiences of isolation, trauma, mental illness, and relational agency. Sarah’s creative work is informed by the life and art of Joy Hester (1920—1960). Her writing has been published in Creative Writing Responses to Images of the Living BrainTEXT Journal, The Incompleteness Book, ACE III, ACE IVThe Victorian Writer and Lip Magazine, among others. Sarah currently works as a Sessional Academic at the University of Melbourne. 

Not a Member?

Lunchtime Bites and Evening Appetisers are free for members. Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our other 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.

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

Registration for this event ended on 19 April 2024 - 1:00
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