Arnold ZableThe Art of Story: Fiction and Non-Fiction

with Arnold Zable

You have a story to tell, or an idea for a story, perhaps several ideas. Taken from life, your own life, or what you have observed in others. Perhaps you have begun to write it, and are stuck. The most important question is: What is the best way to tell the story? As fiction or non-fiction? Novel or memoir; short story or feature? The borderline between fiction and non-fiction is not as distinct as some would have it. There are techniques common to both. There are also hybrids that cross the boundaries in daring and imaginative ways.

At the heart of good writing, whatever the genre, is the art of imagination, and the technique of scene construction, and writing about place and character. There is also the evolving structure of a story. This workshop will include discussion, feedback, question sessions and writing exercises. It will also explore how to break the various blocks that can come up in the process. As a writer who has published extensively both in fiction and non-fiction, novel and memoir, Arnold Zable will take you through the processes by which a writer finally arrives at their decision.

The course includes:

• A full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 5pm
• Lunch and regular tea & coffee breaks
• A 10% discount on full priced books purchased at any Readings shop – the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

'A fabulous course. Not dry or academic but really engaging and valuable.'
Dennis O'Connell (2013)


About the Tutor

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His award-winning books include the memoirs Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, and three novels, Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven and Sea of Many Returns. His most recent book is Violin Lessons, which continues his exploration of themes of exile and displacement with stories spanning the globe. Zable is the author of numerous columns, essays, features and the co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. His novel Cafe Scheherazade was adapted for stage and performed in 2011.

Zable has lectured extensively on creative writing and conducted writing workshops throughout Australia. In the past two Januaries he has conducted workshops with Cambodian writers under the auspices of the Melbourne Centre of International PEN. He has also run workshops for refugees, asylum seekers, the homeless, the deaf, problem gamblers, Black Saturday bushfire survivors and other groups, using story as a means of self understanding. Zable is immediate past president of Melbourne PEN and has a Doctorate in Creative Arts from Melbourne University, where he is currently a Vice Chancellor's Fellow.

Interview with Arnold Zable