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Summer School: The Ethics of Using Real Stories in Fiction



Laura Jean McKay




Everybody has a story – from the stories of your family to a dream you once had, from newspaper clippings to the events that changed a life. Take a journey through the writing process, bringing your ideas to the page and turning them into exciting prose.

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Laura Jean McKay


Through workshopping, exercises and group discussions, produce stories and explore the ethics and logistics of using real stories in fiction of any length.

You will learn

  • writing practices and process
  • about keeping a journal
  • storytelling techniques
  • the ethical and logistical considerations of using real stories in fiction
  • about editing your work.

About Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ (2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia, including the Asher Award in 2015. Her work has appeared in ‘The Best Australian Stories’, 'Award-Winning Australian Writing' and 'The North American Review' and she won the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in 2011. Laura is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. www.laurajeanmckay.com

Check out this praise for Laura's previous WV workshops...

  • “The tutor offered great insights and writing exercises were challenging. I was re-enthused to start again in writing short stories.”

We interviewed Laura about fiction's fascinating and frightening shade of grey on this website - take a look.

Summer School

Read more about our other Summer School courses 

Summer School: Environmental Non-Fiction, 12 January
Summer School: Writing Romance, 13 January
Summer School: Writing TV Drama, 14 January
Summer School: Creating an Author Platform, 15 January
Summer School: Writing and Your Body, 16 January
Summer School: Writing the end of the world, 17 January
Summer School: Intro to Memoir, 18 January
Summer School: Fictive Expressions, 19 January
Summer School: Insight into Editing, 21 January
Summer School: DIY Podcasts, 22 January
Summer School: Your Digital Publishing Options, 23 January
Summer School: The Big Picture: children's books with a social conscience, 24 January
Summer School: Poetry: The Foundations, 25 January

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Registration for this event ended on 20 January 2017 - 9:00
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