FWF18 Sydney – Friday 2 November
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FWF18 Sydney Friday sessions will be held at the UTS School of Business, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.
9am-12pm Workshop: Evelyn Araluen: Finding and Sustaining a Feminist Voice
So you want to write about feminism, but you don’t know where to start? In this workshop, writer Evelyn Araluen will share her tips and tricks for developing your own unique feminist voice – and taking it out into the male-dominated world.
Participants will be required to bring an idea or outline for a potential piece of writing, fiction or non-fiction, to share in the workshop.
Note, this workshop is open to women and non-binary writers, and focuses on developing the skills of emerging writers. The maximum workshop capacity is 12 people.
Participants of this workshop gain free entry to Pitch me!, see below.
10-11.30am Writing and Speaking Indigenous Lives
With Laura Murphy-Oates, Nardi Simpson, Alison Whittaker and chair Brooke Boney.
Indigenous storytelling has a long, rich and varied tradition that has been overshadowed by colonial narratives and appropriated by white settler representations of Aboriginal experience. As Indigenous writers are rewriting their stories, our guests reveal how their writing and speaking matters to them as individuals, and the impact it has on changing the Australian lit-scape.
12.30-2pm Why Women Read Fiction and Men Don’t
With Debra Adelaide, Anna Funder, Dr Anita Heiss and chair Kerryn Goldsworthy.
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that women read more fiction than men…but why? For women who experience the majority of the emotional and mental load of managing families, homes and relationships, the novel seems poised as an ideal form to explore this terrain – the power wielded within it, its pitfalls, price, and pleasures. The novel can be a tool for resistance, a solace, and an art. So what does the imbalance in what gets published actually mean? How does it affect what is considered ‘worthwhile reading’? And what are the poor blokes missing out on?
3-4.30pm Domestic Violence and the Law
With Professor Heather Douglas, Professor Nan Seuffert, Dr Jane Wangmann and chair Dr Cristy Clark.
Australia has a serious problem with domestic violence. One in three women will experience violence in their lifetime, one in five will experience sexual violence, and every single week, one woman is murdered by a partner or ex-partner. Current legal and policy responses to domestic violence are inadequate, often inappropriate, and can sometimes put women and their children at risk. Our panel of domestic violence experts will discuss the legal and policy changes that are needed to change our shocking domestic violence statistics and the systems that uphold them.
3-4.30pm Pitch Me!
With Candice Chung (SBS Life), Wendy Tuohy (Daily Life), Lucy Watson (Archer) and chair Lex Hirst.
There’s been a surge in online publishing about feminism and gender in the past five years. Meet some of the editors and publishers behind it and find out about the publishing choices they make, what they are trying to do differently, and maybe even how you can pitch to them!
6-8.30pm Film Screening and Q&A: After the Apology
With Larissa Behrendt and Prof Andrea Durbach.
After the Apology is a powerful documentary following four Aboriginal grandmothers, each facing their own up-hill battle to challenge unfair and racist government policies, and bring their grandkids home. With the grassroots actions of these strong and inspiring women spearheading a nationwide conversation about the skyrocketing rates of child removal, this is a feature not to be missed.
Join acclaimed author and director Larissa Behrendt for a post-screening Q&A.