Established Author Forum: Maria Tumarkin on Opening Up Your Creative Practice
Summary:Maria will talk about how necessary it might be to open up your writing practice ‘to all the winds’ (Harold Pinter’s words). Pinter’s winds are about the kind of writing that is antithetical to hiding, but Maria’s proposition here is more modest: opening up being, for instance, looking towards other artforms to figure out what kind of writer you are, or seeking writing in languages that are not part of your daily writing and reading lives to challenge your ideas about what words can do. Opening up as in staging mutinies in your writing projects, or making visible on the page what you usually keep well hidden. There’s more but what good is it to reveal it all?
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.
About Maria Tumarkin
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 nonfiction category. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the creative writing program.
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