Home » Calendars » Events » Event

Clinic Workshop: The Basics of Creative Non-Fiction



Sam van Zweden




This workshop, which can be taken independently or as an introduction to the Online Creative Non-Fiction Clinic, will introduce different types of creative non-fiction and ways to approach them. The workshop will involve discussion and exercises that provide a foundation for developing your own approach to creative non-fiction and starting to write.
A photo of Sam van Zweden. Credit: Leah Jing McIntosh.


This season, Writers Victoria’s Online Feedback Clinics have been reimagined, making them more flexible for participants. For the full experience, you can sign up for a workshop to get started and meet your tutor before you submit work for feedback from the tutor and your peers across a three-month period via our online forum. If you’d prefer to just dip a toe into the clinics, you can sign up for a one-day workshop; if you’re more confident in your drafting skills, you can opt, instead, to focus solely on the feedback rounds. This page is for those who wish to sign up for the workshop only. 

For more information on our online feedback clinics, please read our FAQs

You Will Learn:

  • the possibilities and importance of creative nonfiction, with a particular focus on personal essays
  • how to gather material in the early stages of writing
  • how to shape what you’ve gathered into an essay
  • the layers of meaning at work within creative nonfiction
  • how to structure the messy stuff of life into something meaningful for the page.

About the Tutor:

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by the Saturday Paper, The Guardian, ABC LifeMeanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, the Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now. 

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. 

Cancellation Policy




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

Registration for this event ended on 09 February 2024 - 4:00
Scroll to Top