Laura Jean McKayNEW COURSE: Electric Words

with Laura Jean McKay

Saturday 16 March 2019

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $295 / $250 alumni


Rip up that blank page and write on the scraps! This experimental writing course will take your writing out of its comfort zone and into a place of excitement, interest and pleasure. This must attend course will help make your sentences come to life by looking at non-traditional ways of approaching the style and the structure of your manuscript.

Whether you’ve lost faith in your words or you don’t know how to approach them in the first place, we’ll look at experimental fiction over the ages and how writers have used form and content to push the boundaries of theirs and their readers worlds. Does your writing need a new container? Or is it the content that’s holding it back? How far can you push the boundaries of what writing can do?

In this one-day course, we will make time for you to do free writing, working in groups, paring back and shaping. We will experiment with character, voice and perspective. Above all, we’ll make some not-boring, exciting writing.

This course will be led by one of the most exciting new voices in Australian literature. Start the new year with this rare opportunity to make your words electric and sing on the page.

This program is suitable for both emerging and established 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

About the tutor

Laura Jean McKay writes about humans and other animals. She is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia. Her fiction and nonfiction is published in The Saturday Paper, The Best Australian Stories, The North American Review and J Journal. Laura won the 2011 Alan Marshall Short Story Award, and has been a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk (2018), Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship (2014-15) and Asialink Literature Fellowship (2009) recipient. Laura has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and she is the ‘animal expert’ segment presenter on ABC’s Animal Sound Safari.

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

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N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 50 cents ($0.50)

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy: or (02) 8425 0171