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Writing a True Story: Narrative Non-fiction Writing Workshop

Writing a True Story: Narrative Non-fiction Writing Workshop

Do you have a story to tell? Narrative nonfiction, also referred to as creative nonfiction or literary nonfiction, involves the telling of a true story or history in a creative, or compelling way.

Brendan James Murray is the author of three of Australia’s most popular narrative nonfiction books: The Drowned Man, Venom and The School. Join Brendan for this 2-day writing workshop which will take place over two evenings. He will share his insights and tips about this genre in these workshops.

Writing Workshop Part I - 29 September 2021 - 7 PM - 9 PM
Writing Workshop Part II - 13 October 2021 - 7 PM - 9 PM

The emphasis in the first workshop is on writing tips and hints with lots of on-the-spot writing exercises. The second workshop will focus on issues and trails raised in the first workshop, responding to participants' interests and needs.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is narrative nonfiction? How can a poetic style be paradoxically more true than traditional reporting?
  • Examples of narrative nonfiction.
  • Specific techniques used, including similie, metaphor, imagery.
  • Structure (non-linear constructions, where to start, and where to finish)
  • Turning your stories into narrative nonfiction. 

The writing workshops will take place from 7pm to 9pm, with the option of spill over time up to 9.45pm for those who wish to keep chatting. While the workshops will work best if there is a core of active and vocal participants, it's also okay to simply "lurk" for some (or all!) of the time if you need to eat dinner or deal with other commitments. This is a fun, friendly, zero-stakes workshop! Suggested reading (optional): The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron, Pan, 1995 (never out of print; new editions available). 

Learning Outcomes

Participants should be able to leave this writing workshop with inspiration as well as concrete skills for beginning and completing their own creative writing projects.

Who should enrol?

Anyone interested in improving their creative writing skills is welcome to enrol.

Made possible by the Vet Cookbook

This course has been delivered by the CVE in collaboration with the Vet Cookbook committee. We were able to keep the registration fees low are the course is partially funded by proceeds from a collegial collaboration — the Vet Cookbook.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $80
Non-Member $80

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Academic, Recent Graduate, Nurse, and Student members.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 to
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2 CPD Point/s

Online NSW

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Brendan James Murray
Brendan Murray
Brendan James Murray
Brendan Murray
Brendan is an award-winning author and teacher. He has twice received National Literary Awards from the Fellowship of Australian Writers for his short stories, and his first book, ...


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