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Online Workshop: The Orchestra of the Self: Voice in Narrative Nonfiction



Rebecca Giggs




Where does an author’s voice come from? Does the author have only one ‘authentic’ voice, or many? What factors go into deciding how our personalities turn up on the page? This day-long workshop looks at different approaches to orchestrating voice in narrative nonfiction — that is, factual writing that aspires to tell a story. We will cover: balancing information and emotion, how to convey the author’s own stake in their subject, and why voice matters to the reader. Writers with an interest in any of the following genres are encouraged to attend: memoir / autobiography, biography, essay, nature and place writing, travelogue, popular science writing, narrative history, narrative politics, profile writing, long-form journalism, reportage, philosophical meditations.

A portrait of Rebecca Giggs, a person with peach skin and blonde hair. She is wearing pink lipsticks and dangling earrings

A portrait of Rebecca Giggs


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


You will Learn:

  • How to begin identifying ‘stakes’ (your own and the reader’s) in your material
  • Several different approaches to self-characterization in narrative nonfiction
  • Distinguishing scene from exposition
  • How to retain voice in highly researched writing
  • Toggling between action/emotion and information

About Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is an author from Perth. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and in anthologies including Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. Rebecca’s nonfiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Rebecca's debut book, Fathoms: The World in the Whale, was awarded the Nib Literary Prize and the Western Australian Premier's Prize for an Emerging Author; it was also shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize.


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: 0390947855
Email: writeability@writersvictoria.org.au

Registration for this event ended on 25 March 2022 - 4:00
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