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Sophie CunninghamWriting and Place

with Sophie Cunningham


For most writers, 'where?' is the very first question they must ask themselves before they begin. A sense of place—of landscapes both external and internal—is everything, intrinsically linked to voice, story and character. But creating these textures is no easy task.

How do you write about places far away without falling back on travel writing? Why is writing about home the hardest thing of all? How can you use history to inform your sense of place? How do you write a place from the inside out? How does using place in fiction and nonfiction differ? This two- hour workshop will involve writing exercises, workshopping and discussion of these issues.

This exclusive workshop is being held as part of Faber Academy's Writers on Writing series 2013. Workshops numbers are strictly limited - book early to avoid disappointment.

About the Course Director

Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for twenty-five years and her journalism has been published widely. She is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, as well as the non-fiction book Melbourne. She is currently working on her third novel, This Devastating Fever, about Leonard Woolf's years in Sri Lanka and her non-fiction book, Warning, on Cyclone Tracy and other extreme weather conditions, will be published in 2014. Sophie is also the Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and is Co-Director for Faber Writing Academy's Writing a Novel course in Melbourne.

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

How to Make a Booking

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

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

For further information, contact us:
or (02) 8425 0171

Please note that, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, venues may be changed or courses may be subject to cancellation.