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Building an Essay Collection



Eda Gunaydin




Essay collections are constructed from individual essays, but it's necessary to consider the ways in which separate pieces speak to one another. This workshop will explore different aspects of shaping essay collections, considering ways to build coherence through theme and voice, posing central inquiries or working throughlines into the manuscript and deciding the structure and order of pieces. The workshop will also dip into aspects of crafting individual essays using hybrid forms.
A photo of Eda Gunaydin, smiling at the camera.
A portrait of Eda Gunaydin


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.

You will learn:

• About the types of essay, the modern essay, and hybrid essays  
• Different strategies for creating coherence and bringing individual essays together into a collection  
• Techniques for working with individual and collective memory  
• Approaches to editing  
• Strategies for research and citation

About the Tutor:

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist and researcher whose writing explores class, capital, intergenerational trauma and diaspora. You can find her work in The Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Age and others. She has been a finalist for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. Eda’s debut essay collection Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance (NewSouth Publishing) won the Non-Fiction Award in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

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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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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


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

Registration for this event ended on 14 July 2023 - 4:00
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