Acclaimed author Sophie Cunningham (City of Trees) explores how to strengthen historical fiction and non-fiction writing in this full-day workshop. How do you use research, dialogue and setting to convey historical events so they are authentic, yet still relevant to a contemporary audience? How do you find a narrative arc amongst the detail? Discuss these and other questions and take part in exercises on setting and developing voice, plot and structure.

Sophie Cunningham (Australian)

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is the author of five books, the latest of which is City of Trees. She is a former editor of Meanjin, former Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and a co-founder of The Stella Prize, an Australian prize for women writers. She is currently completing her third novel, This Devastating Fever. She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication in the College of Design and Social Context.