Theme, Symbolism, and Imagery

A portrait of Emily Bitto
28 March 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Emily Bitto
Early, Emerging
This one-day course will take a deep dive into theme, symbolism and imagery, and how these interact with and influence one another. The course is ideally suited to writers who have a project on the go, no matter how big or small. With a mixture of tuition, examples and exercises, Emily will help you to understand the macro-level themes at the heart of your project and to use these as a way of generating plot, character, and scenes, as well as enriching your prose on the level of the sentence and image. This empowering workshop will provide you with valuable techniques you can continue to use and develop into the future.

You will learn:

  • To better understand how theme, symbolism and imagery function in writing.

  • How to identify and make use of the themes operating in your own and other people’s work.

  • How theme can be used to generate ideas and material for your writing.

  • To use symbolism and imagery in a more effective way to enrich your work

  • Techniques that you can continue to use on your own to improve your writing.


About Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. She has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne, and has been teaching writing for over a decade. Her second novel will be published in 2021.

At the time of publication, this information is correct. However, if circumstances change, we will let you know as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on the website and e-news.


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 six free copies of ‘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.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947895
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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