Arnold ZableWriting and Advocacy: A Special One-off Seminar with Arnold Zable

10am - 1pm, Saturday 17 October 2020


Course fee: $ 95/$ 80.75 alumni

Writing has the power to create empathy and take the reader to other worlds and experiences.

There is a long and varied history of writing about social justice, with works ranging from writing about personal injustices, to exposing injustices committed against others. These writings include fiction and non-fiction—novels, short stories, poetry, reportage, investigative journalism, opinion pieces, online blogs, songwriting and newspaper features. These genres share the common aim of engaging their audiences through the written word and the art of story. They seek to speak to the unconverted, and to alert an unwary public.

Drawing on over thirty years of experience in the craft of story, and of writing across genres on many aspects of social justice — drawing also on renowned examples across a range of genres — Arnold Zable’s seminar will include feedback on the participant’s projects, Q and A, an exercise and discussions on the art of story and advocacy. It will also introduce some of the seminal works across the genres, both Australian and international, that have broken silences, exposed injustice, and contributed to significant social change.

About the seminar leader:

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, Violin Lessons, and The Fighter. His most recent book, The Watermill was published in March 2020.

His work ranges across many genres and includes novels, short stories, essays, columns, opinion pieces, newspaper features, online blogs, songs and works for theatre, including co-authorship of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. He has written on a range of social justice issues, and conducted workshops with refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, bushfire survivors, the deaf, and the homeless, among many other groups, fostering writing and story as a means of self-empowerment.

Zable has lectured on writing and human rights issues throughout Australia and internationally and holds a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne. He is the immediate past president of PEN International Melbourne, an ambassador of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and a patron of Sanctuary. His awards include the Voltaire prize for the advancement of freedom of expression and the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for Literature.

Praise for Arnold Zable:

'Arnold Zable's integrity and authenticity is wonderful to work with. His honed ability to ask THE right question is extremely productive. I learnt a lot and feel there's been a change in my focus for my writing.' 2019

'Knows his craft and knows how to bring out the writer in everybody.' 2018

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.

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