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Literature Lesson: Peter Temple



Eugen Bacon




Reading Peter Temple is to unravel fiction that climbs over fences of genre. Temple’s text is fast-paced, brutal, radical. His writing hums with tension. His characterisation ascends physical traits and the reader promptly understands ‘who is ice or heat or fragile or solid’. Join this Literature Lesson hosted by Eugen Bacon – a bold, immersive writer who adores breaking the norms of traditional writing. Discover Peter Temple in the fascinating light of crossover narrative.
A photo of Eugen Bacon.


Literature Lessons is 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. 

You Will Learn:

  • The allure of an opening hook and a closing cliff
  • The potency of storytelling, intimate and reachable
  • The metre of sharp dialogue
  • The charm of bending genre
  • The art of less is always more


  • An Iron Rose (primary text)
  • Truth (recommended reading)

About the Tutor:

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’.

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 27 March 2024 - 4:00
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