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Established Author Forum: Lessons from Theatre with Jane Harrison

In this session, celebrated playwright and novelist Jane Harrison will explore the lessons she has taken from theatre and applied to prose. In theatre, characterisation is vital and dialogue needs to be sharp. You’ll learn new approaches to these areas, and more, through this masterclass. Afterwards, join fellow authors to chat in a social setting.

Part creative development, part networking, part writing group, the Established Author Forum features in-depth lectures at a high level from prominent writers on the topics they know best, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about their work and your own. After each lecture, writers share wins, frustrations, opportunities and industry developments within a social setting. 


  • When: Thursday 13 June, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Jane Harrison

About the Tutor

Jane Harrison is descended from the Muruwari people of NSW. Her first play, Stolen, had productions across Australia and toured internationally. She was co-winner of the 2012 RAKA Kate Challis Award for Stolen. Rainbow’s End has had numerous productions since its premiere in 2003 and won the 2012 Drovers Award for best touring production. Both Stolen and Rainbow’s End have been placed on secondary school curricula. The Visitors premiered at Sydney Festival in 2020 and won the Sydney Critics Award for Best New Australian Work for 2021. It had a new production at the Sydney Opera House in September 2023. Her novel, Becoming Kirrali Lewis, won the 2014 Black & Write! Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her latest novel is The Visitors. She is the Festival Director of Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival (2016, 2019, 2022).

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