Melb 2017 Workshop: Writing Life, Writing Self with Carly Findlay

Writers are often told to ‘write what you know’, but finding an authentic voice to tell personal stories can be a challenging task. For women writing about their lives, these challenges are often multiplied by the gendered expectations and obstacles that writing memoir presents.

In this intensive workshop, freelance writer, appearance activist and feminist Carly Findlay shares practical tips and personal advice about life-writing. Discover your ideal memoir voice; draw on your personal experiences to create an authentic narrative; discuss the personal and political act of writing while female; and explore the practicalities of honing, finessing, editing and pitching personal writing.

Participants will be required to bring a story idea or outline to share in the workshop.


Writing Life, Writing Self
Sunday 1 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
Tickets $75 ($65 concession) 

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

This workshop is open to women and non-binary writers. The maximum workshop capacity is 18 people.

Two free places at this workshop are reserved for writers experiencing financial difficulty. To express your interest in taking one of these places, please email us with a short statement (no more than 200 words) about why you wish to attend the workshop.


About the facilitator
Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She has the rare, severe skin condition called ichthyosis, and writes on disability issues for publications including ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, and has appeared on ABC’s You Can’t Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss. She is currently writing her first book – a memoir – to be published by Harper Collins in 2018. Read her writing on appearance diversity and disability at carlyfindlay.com.au

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