Migration Stories

Elise Valmorbidawith Elise Valmorbida

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
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What stories emerge when people move from one place to another, one kind of life to another, one identity to another…?

This one-day creative writing course will explore fiction and non-fiction through language, memory, character and place. Drawing on 20+ years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida has designed this unique day to explore storytelling inspired by migration.

The narrative journeys may involve geography, but the ‘places’ are likely to be cultural, emotional, sometimes utterly notional. In the workshop there’ll be plenty of discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback. You’ll leave with a new understanding of your material and how to craft it. You’ll approach creative writing with a greater sense of confidence and direction. You might also have the beginnings of your own editorial group.

This one-day course is suitable for both new and experienced writers.

Your course includes:
• One full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm.
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks.
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin Website

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student testimonials:

“Elise changed my life forever. She is an extremely encouraging, perceptive and generous teacher, always willing to go the extra mile for her students. And, of course, since Elise is herself a supremely talented writer, her comments and suggestions are always a touch of genius.”

“Elise’s teaching is a revelation. She has unlocked my creativity and given me sound techniques. Her encouragement and support is unfailing. I already have a piece published and have embarked on a variety of creative projects. She has transformed a corporate HR Director into a writer and I shall be eternally grateful.”

“Elise has taught Creative Writing at Central Saint Martins since 1998. Her classes are inspiring and she always receives excellent feedback from the students.” —Central Saint Martins

About the Tutor:

Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia, and lives in London. She is a graduate in English language and literature, an experienced teacher and multi-published author. In 2019, she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction for her fourth novel, The Madonna of the Mountains. Published in the UK/ANZ by Faber & Faber, and internationally in several languages, The Madonna of the Mountains was The Times ‘book of the month’, a New York Post ‘must-read’, an Edward Stanford Awards shortlister, and one of the 2019 Walter Scott Prize 'Academy Recommends' List.

Elise's popular non-fiction work, The Book of Happy Endings, is published in four languages and four continents. For her work as script consultant, producer, and author of SAXON: The Making of a Guerrilla Film, Elise won the Edinburgh International Film Festival Trailblazer award. Her latest book, an inspirational creative writing guide, is to be published in 2020.

Elise is the founder-director of communications consultancy word-design, a board director of writers' collective ‘26’, former External Examiner for Falmouth University’s MA in Professional Writing, and a member of English PEN and The Society of Authors. Find out more at www.elisevalmorbida.com.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.

How to Apply


N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 50 cents ($0.50). If you have done a course with us before you qualify for our alumni discount so add your promotional code at the checkout to receive 15% off the full price or ring us if you do not know the code on 02 8425 0171.

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy:
faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com or (02) 8425 0171