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Literature Lessons: Book in for the Year



Eugen Bacon, Diego Ramirez, Tony Birch and Maria Tumarkin




In 2024, Writers Victoria is delighted to introduce Literature Lessons, an evening seminar series that hovers between craft talk, reading group and workshop. Led by experienced writers, focusing on their sources of inspiration, you’ll take craft cues from interesting texts and find new ways to approach your own work. These sessions involve discussion of writing and film and include exercises designed to help you put the lessons into practice.
A combination of photos of Eugen Bacon, Tony Birch, Diego Ramirez and Maria Tumarkin.


  • Wednesday 27 March, 6.30pm

Featuring Eugen Bacon on Peter Temple, a bold, immersive writer who shows us ways to break norms and climb over the fences of genre.

  • Wednesday 15 May, 6.30pm

Featuring Diego Ramirez on Interview with the Vampire, with lessons on moving between book and film alongside examination of postcolonial vampire approaches.

  • Wednesday 24 July, 6.30pm 

Featuring Tony Birch on Alexis Wright, Country and Literature, examining non-fiction and writing place.

  • Wednesday 18 September, 6.30pm

Featuring Maria Tumarkin on Preti Taneja’s Aftermath, a genre-blurring exploration of atrocity and grief.

About the Tutors:

Eugen Bacon MA, MSc, PhD is an African–Australian author of novels and collections. She’s a British Fantasy Award winner, a Foreword Book of the Year winner, a twice World Fantasy Award finalist, a Rhysling and twice-Elgin award nominee for poetry, and a finalist in the BSFA, Aurealis, Ditmar and Australian Shadow Awards. Eugen was announced in the honor list of the Otherwise Fellowships for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction’.

Diego Ramírez is an artist with dreams, a writer with hopes and a facilitator with beliefs. Ramírez has written locally for Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art and Australia, Disclaimer, MEMO, un Projects and internationally with NECSUS (NL) and BLUE journal (US x FR). As a facilitator, he is the former Director of Seventh Gallery and sits in panels for Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, and is a peer assessor for Australia Council. He is represented by MARS Gallery.

In 2023 Tony Birch published the novel Women & Children. His previous books are the novels The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood, the short story collections Dark As Last Night, Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People and the poetry collection Whisper Songs.

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her latest book, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature and was named a New Yorker Top 10 Book of 2019. Tumarkin is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the non-fiction category. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the creative writing program.


Covid-19 restrictions:

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.

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


The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


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

Registration for this event ended on 26 March 2024 - 4:00
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