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Event: The Wheeler Centre Anniversary Series: Writing Counts – Story and Advocacy

  • The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)
Arnold Zable.

Arnold Zable.

Thursday 26 February 2015, 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Presented by: Arnold Zable and PEN Melbourne
Rating: Emerging
Type: Workshop

Advocacy, social justice and calls to action can be found in columns, opinion pieces, features, investigative journalism, fiction or non-fiction, short stories or essays. Each genre has its specific demands, its limits and conventions. But what unites the work across genres is the craft of story. Explore story and advocacy, both in terms of inspiration and practical challenges.

Learning Outcomes 
• Aspects of the craft of story 
• How to translate in writing your inspiration for social justice 
• The different challenges of writing and advocacy across the genres 
• The specific craft of columns and features as distinct from memoir and fiction 
• Creative non-fiction and what it shares in common with craft of story

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist and human rights advocate. His books include ‘Jewels and Ashes’, ‘The Fig Tree’, ‘Café Scheherazade’, ‘Scraps of Heaven’, ‘Sea of Many Returns’ and ‘Violin Lessons’. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, features and co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. Long active in Melbourne Centre of PEN International, and on a range of social justice issues, Arnold recently received the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression.

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