Join widely acclaimed America Is Not the Heart author Elaine Castillo for an entertaining workshop to engage with popular stories, movies and books to imagine what a more truly diverse canon might look like. Examining, celebrating and mercilessly dragging everything from Greek mythology to the X-Men to modern novels, Elaine seeks out minority and sidelined characters to rewrite as an act of fan-fiction and a jumping off point to think about how to read more critically, craft more complex characters and delve into the mechanics and politics of world-building in fiction.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

This year, Sydney Writers' Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop (20 spots across the week) for writers who otherwise may not have the access to participate. To be considered for a position, please complete an application form by 12 April. Selected participants will be notified by email from the week starting 15 April. 

Elaine Castillo (International)

Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Comparative Literature. She is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Fellow, and her writing can be found in Freeman’s, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Taste Magazine, Bon Appetit, Electric Literature and elsewhere. Her short film, A Mukbang, was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. America Is Not the Heart is her first novel.