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Literature Lessons: Book in for the Year

In 2024, Writers Victoria is delighted to introduce Literature Lessons, an evening seminar series that hovers between craft talk, reading group and workshop. Led by experienced writers, focusing on their sources of inspiration, you’ll take craft cues from interesting texts and find new ways to approach your own work. These sessions involve discussion of writing and film and include exercises designed to help you put the lessons into practice.


  • When: Wednesdays 27 March, 15 May, 24 July, 18 September
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Eugen Bacon, Diego Ramirez, Tony Birch and Maria Tumarkin

About the Tutors

Photos of Eugen Bacon, Diego Ramirez, Tony Birch and Maria Tumarkin.

Eugen Bacon MA, MSc, PhD is an African–Australian author of novels and collections. She’s a British Fantasy Award winner, a Foreword Book of the Year winner, a twice World Fantasy Award finalist, a Rhysling and twice-Elgin award nominee for poetry, and a finalist in the BSFA, Aurealis, Ditmar and Australian Shadow Awards. Eugen was announced in the honor list of the Otherwise Fellowships for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction’.

Diego Ramírez is an artist with dreams, a writer with hopes and a facilitator with beliefs. Ramírez has written locally for Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art and Australia, Disclaimer, MEMO, un Projects and internationally with NECSUS (NL) and BLUE journal (US x FR). As a facilitator, he is the former Director of Seventh Gallery and sits in panels for Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, and is a peer assessor for Australia Council. He is represented by MARS Gallery.

In 2023 Tony Birch published the novel Women & Children. His previous books are the novels The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood, the short story collections Dark As Last Night, Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People and the poetry collection Whisper Songs.

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her latest book, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature and was named a New Yorker Top 10 Book of 2019. Tumarkin is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the non-fiction category. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the creative writing program.

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