Many of us have experienced trauma, but we still don’t talk much about it. In this half-day workshop with award-winning journalist and author Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt), you’ll unpack the ethics of dealing with another person’s pain as a writer. Learn about making contact with sources, raising difficult subjects, and undertaking research that anchors narrative to reality. Together, you’ll discover the restorative power of truth in breaking the spell of trauma.

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. 

Rick Morton (Australian)

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Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist with The Australian and is the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt. It explores intergenerational trauma, poverty, addiction and mental health and the role of a mother who tried to love enough for the failures of everyone else around her. Originally from Queensland, Rick has worked in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and now Canberra as the social affairs writer for The Australian with a particular focus on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, the welfare system, religion and employment services. Rick is the winner of the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. One Hundred Years of Dirt was longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year and was Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019.