A workshop for anyone who loves writing exercises but rarely sits down to do them. Fast, fun and spontaneous, you don’t need to have a writing project on the go to take part – it might help you find your next big idea! Award-winning Deaf writer Fiona Murphy The Shape of Sound teaches how to make the most of writing prompts and let ideas collide, how applying constraints to the writing process can be inspirational, and how exercises can engage the senses and inject new life into your work.  

Fiona’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Age, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue among other publications. Her memoir The Shape of Sound explores secrets, Deaf identity and sign language.

Sydney Writers' Festival sponsors one place per workshop for attendees who may not otherwise be able to participate. Please apply via this online form. Applications close Monday 9 May. Those selected will be notified by email from Tuesday 10 May.

Fiona Murphy (Australian)

Fiona Murphy

Fiona Murphy is an award-winning Deaf writer based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Age, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue among many other publications. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, was released in March 2021. It explores secrets, Deaf identity and sign language.