There is a wonderfully romantic belief that writers are inspired by a divine or magical spirit, while others claim that writing is purely a technical construct. In this half-day workshop with highly acclaimed author Melina Marchetta (The Place on Dalhousie and Looking for Alibrandi), you’ll learn it can be both, as you experiment with voice, narrative, characterisation and word choice, and rummage in the writer’s toolbox to enhance themes and tone in your writing.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop for writers who may not otherwise be able to participate. Find more information and an online application form here.

Melina Marchetta (Australian)

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is the writer of ten novels, including Looking For Alibrandi and The Piper's Son which was longlisted for the Miles Franklin and The Prime MInister's Literary Award. Her latest, The Place on Dalhousie was released in 2019. She has also written for film and TV. Melina lives in Sydney.