Having a Voice Series: Writing Women's History

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Iola Mathews

Iola Mathews
20 April 2017 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Iola Mathews
Early, Emerging
What are the considerations to take into account when writing women’s history? What is the focus? How personal should you get?

How reliable are memories, interviews, reference books and the internet? And what is the purpose of writing about the past? Presented in association with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for the Australian Heritage Festival.

You will learn

  • various ways of writing about women’s history
  • about discussions around feminism then and now
  • how to take different approaches to memoir
  • how to make your book lively, i.e. creative non fiction 
  • about different methods of research, and their reliability

About Iola Mathews

Iola Mathews OAM was a journalist with ‘The Age’ and one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby. She was involved in reforms for women over twenty years, including ten years at the ACTU working with the Hawke-Keating Government. She is the author of three books and established Glenfern Writers Studios in St Kilda with Writers Victoria and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Having a Voice

Read more about events in our Having a Voice series:

Having a Voice Series: Writing Women – Historical Fiction, 22 April
Having a Voice Series: Writing Women – Historical Non-Fiction, 30 April
Writers on Wednesdays: Feminist Writing, 26 April

Registration fee
WV/NTAV Concession Member $ 30.00
WV/NTAV Member $ 40.00
Non-Member $ 55.00

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