Winter School: The Novel of Ideas

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a portrait of Lia Hills

Lia Hills
16 July 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Lia Hills
In the tradition of ‘littérature engagée’ and the novel of ideas, this workshop is about identifying what it is you want to explore on a deeper level in your work and how to do this effectively.

As Sartre once said, ‘commitment must not under any circumstances cause literature to be forgotten’, so we will practice techniques for incorporating ideas in your writing - philosophical, ethical, political – staying true to the story and its characters without distancing the reader or being preachy.

You will learn

  • how to uncover the key themes and ideas at the heart of your work
  • stylistic techniques for incorporating ideas effectively in your writing
  • how to take your work to new levels conceptually
  • a deeper understanding of what drives you to write
  • how to become more engaged with the world and ideas through your writing practice.

About Lia Hills

Lia Hills is a Melbourne-based novelist, poet and translator. Publications include her novel ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Living’, shortlisted for the Victorian, Queensland and West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, and her prize-winning poetry collection ‘The Possibility of Flight’. She has written about and translated works by Marie Darrieussecq and Alain Badiou. Lia’s latest novel, 'The Crying Place', set mostly in Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara country, is a story about grief, place and Australia’s fraught relationship with its past.

Read more about our other Winter School workshops:

Winter School: Voice and Point of View, Tuesday 17 July

Winter School: Writing for the Education Market, Wednesday 18 July

Winter School: Building Emotional Resonance, Thursday 19 July

Winter School: Problem Solving in Literary Fiction, Friday 20 July

Winter School: The Body, Writing, Saturday 21 July

Winter School: Finding the Loose Brick – Writer’s Block, Sunday 22 July

Winter School: Writing Grief and Trauma, Monday 23 July

Winter School: Who, What and Why – The Plotting Triangle, Tuesday 24 July

Winter School: Poetic Voice Masterclass, Wednesday 25 July

Winter School: Writing Long-Form Journalism, Thursday 26 July

Winter School: Making Social Media Work, Friday 27 July

Winter School: Series Fiction for Children, Saturday 28 July

Winter School: Writing the Self in Creative Non-Fiction, Sunday 29 July


Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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