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100 Story LogoFacts to Fiction: Drawing on real stories to create a work of fiction

with Lisa Lang

Saturday 16 April 2016

100 Story Building
92 Nicholson Street
Footscray VIC 3011

Course fee: $295 (inc. GST)

Facts to Fiction is a one-day workshop for people who want to draw on real stories - a slice of history, a family tale, a newspaper article - in order to create a work of fiction. Having a great story in mind is just the beginning. How do we take an idea and transform it into a rich and compelling narrative? Do we stick closely to the facts, or allow ourselves total freedom to invent and imagine? What role does research play? And what happens to our concept of the 'truth'?

Through the use of writing exercises, readings and guided discussions, participants are given tools for turning the bones of fact into credible, full-bodied fiction.

Topics covered include:
• the use of sensory detail
• the inner lives of characters
• narrative structure and;
• the importance of taking creative ownership

The workshop includes:
• intensive tuition from 10am to 4pm
• morning and afternoon tea
• 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)

This masterclass is limited to 15 students. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student testimonials

'I really enjoyed the day, very inspiring.' Facts to Fiction 2015
'Lisa is a great teacher. Structured, relaxed, open and helpful.' Facts to Fiction 2014
'(Lisa had a) fantastic ability to present practical tips with examples from experience.' Facts to Fiction 2013
'The... course run by Lisa Lang was a totally worthwhile experience. The course work was very professional and the day was very focused.' Facts to Fiction 2013

Lisa LangAbout the Tutor

Lisa Lang has written two books based on the life of eccentric Victorian bookseller E.W. Cole, the man behind Cole's Funny Picture Book. Utopian Man, a novel, was a joint winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and WA Premier's Book Awards. E.W. Cole: Chasing the Rainbow is a non-fiction title in the popular Arcade history series. Lisa was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2011. She has been a tutor at Faber Writing Academy since 2012. In 2015 she was awarded a City of Literature travel grant for her work in using literature to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

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

How to Apply

To secure your booking, please complete the application form and email it to

or send by post to
Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, PO Box 8500, St Leonards NSW 1590

Download the application form (PDF)

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