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Reality and Fantasy in Fiction (Warrnambool)



Leanne Hall




Explore how to create realistic and compelling stories that are imbued with magic, fantasy, surrealism and the supernatural. How do writers balance realistic and fantastical elements in their work, and how can these elements work together to create something greater than the sum of their parts?

Photo of Leanne Hall

Photo of Leanne Hall


The workshop will take place in The Artery Residence. Enter through the garden, down the driveway past the retail shop and gallery. Directions are available from the retail shop. 

You will learn

  • How to balance character, world -building and story in your work.
  • Tips for managing research, background materials, world-building inspiration and the structure of your manuscript.
  • More about the process of finding your own individual voice and style.
  • The sensitive use of myth, fable, fairytale and folk tale, especially those drawn from cultures other than your own.
  • Suggested steps to help bring your manuscript up to its best possible standard.

About Leanne Hall

Leanne is the author of two novels for young adults, the Text Prize-winning ‘This Is Shyness’ and its sequel ‘Queen of the Night’. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, The Age, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her work plays with the borders of reality and fantasy.

Leanne will also be giving a free author talk at The Salon Goes Regional in Warrnambool on Thursday 2 June 2016.

Leanne’s tour is made possible by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust. Presented in collaboration with Regional Arts Victoria and The F Project.

Cancellation Policy


The Artery
224 Timor Street
Victoria 3280 Australia



Registration for this event ended on 03 June 2016 - 2:00
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