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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Shaping an Essay Collection



Ellena Savage




Essayists are notorious magpies. We collect facts, anecdotes, theories, speculations, fantasies, and desires, finding our materials everywhere from textbooks to train rides. Given the vast and diverse terrain essayists move through, often within a single short piece of writing, how can we to shape the ‘messy everything’ into a collection that in some way coheres?

A portrait of Ellena Savage, a woman with medium peach skin and long brown hair. She is wearing large sunglasses and standing in an outdoor book bazaar

A portrait of Ellena Savage


This workshop will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

While there are no concrete solutions—the essay spills out, it resists simple reductions, and this is why we practice it—in this workshop, students will study some tried and tested approaches to shaping an essay collection. Bring along your unfinished manuscripts, essays you think might be the beginning of a collection, or even your rough notes on what your future essay collection might be, and we will work these into a plan for you to develop and finish your essay collection. 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop a body of nonfiction prose;
  • Engage productively with expert feedback;
  • Identify and build on recurring themes in their work;
  • Develop strategies for sharp self-editing; and
  • Learn to read critically as a writer.

About Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage is the author of the essay collection Blueberries (Text Australia and Scribe UK, 2020), the chapbook Yellow City (The Atlas Review, 2019) and numerous essays, stories, and poems published internationally. Ellena is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including most recently the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2019–2021. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and is a former editor of The Lifted Brow.

Not a Member?

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus a year's subscription to ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.

And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

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Phone: 0390947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Registration for this event ended on 29 October 2021 - 4:00
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