Everyone has a story to tell from their own experience, but many people lack the confidence and support to write it. In this workshop, Madeline Oliver and Viv Lewis offer you tools to identify what you really want to say; strategies to overcome writer’s block; and a clear, simple plan for the future, helping you to kickstart your memoir or creative non-fiction. It’s not what happened but the way you tell it that matters.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Madeline Oliver (Australian)

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Madeline Oliver has been running workshops and facilitating a life-writing group in Sydney since 2014. She was awarded a fellowship through Varuna and Text Publishing for her YA manuscript. With a group of four others she published The Painted Sky. Madeline loves collaborating with other writers.

Viv Lewis (Australian)

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Viv Lewis has been the recipient of a Varuna Longlines Fellowship and had Kissing the Camel, a memoir-as-fiction manuscript, shortlisted in a Varuna unpublished manuscript award. Viv has a keen interest in the way the subconscious informs the development of stories through symbols and the characters that emerge from the page.