Arnold ZableWriting a Life

with Arnold Zable

22 February 2020

Allen & Unwin
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Course fee: $295 / $ 250 alumni

There are many ways of writing a life. Stories drawn from life, tales of journeys and family history can range from memoir to autobiography; from short story to novel; from personal journal to biography. Or they can be written just for family.

The crucial questions are: what is the best way to write a life story, how to bring your recollections and research into family history to life, and how to write in a way that will hold the reader. Drawing on thirty years of experience both as an acclaimed writer across the genres and as a lecturer and teacher, Arnold Zable's workshop will explore the most imaginative and engaging ways to structure and write a life's story. It will include writing exercises, feedback, mini-talks, and question & answer sessions.

This one-day course 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

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student testimonials:

'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

'A very thought provoking, stimulating and enjoyable experience.' 2016

'Arnold is very inclusive and open, encouraging and interested.' 2015

'Arnold is an excellent tutor. His breadth of knowledge about literature and the writing process ensured that the workshop was very worthwhile.' 2014

'A fabulous course. Not dry or academic but really encouraging and valuable.' 2013

Visit Arnold's blog on the five key considerations for people writing a life story.

About the Tutor:

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His award-winning books include the memoir Jewels and Ashes; two collections of stories: The Fig Tree and Violin Lessons; three novels: Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven and Sea of Many Returns; and The Fighter, a biography written in novelistic form. His new book The Watermill will be published in March 2020. Zable is the author of numerous columns, essays, features, stories and works for the theatre. His novel Cafe Scheherazade was adapted for stage and performed in 2011, and the book will be republished as a TEXT classic in 2020.

Zable has lectured extensively on creative writing and conducted writing workshops throughout Australia and internationally. In recent years, he has conducted workshops with Cambodian writers under the auspices of the Melbourne and Cambodian Centres of International PEN. He has 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. His awards include the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for Literature.

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: or (02) 8425 0171