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Theme, Imagery and Symbolism

This one-day course will take a deep dive into theme, symbolism and imagery, and how these interact with and influence one another. This 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 give you techniques you can continue to use and develop into the future. 


  • When: Saturday 19 October, 10am–4pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Emily Bitto

About the Tutor

A photo of Emily Bitto.

Emily Bitto is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. Her second novel, Wild Abandon, was the winner of the 2022 Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award. Emily has taught creative writing for over a decade and is currently a course advisor at the Faber Writing Academy.

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