It’s a momentous challenge to blend cultural criticism and the personal essay without universalising your own experience, funneling the details of your private life into a literary free-for-all, or reflexively turning to non-stop self-deprecating digs. Join Daniel Lavery (previously Daniel Mallory Ortberg), author of Something That May Shock and Discredit You and Texts from Jane Eyre, in this half-day workshop and learn what to hold in reserve, what to examine a little further and what to send out into the world.

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.

Daniel Lavery (International)

Daniel Lavery

Daniel Lavery (formerly Daniel Mallory Ortberg) is the 'Dear Prudence' advice columnist at Slate, the Co-Founder of The Toast, and the New York Times bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster. Something That May Shock and Discredit You is his latest collection of essays about religion, pop culture and transition.