Real-life people and events make for compelling books. Family dramas, heartbreaks and painful secrets are the stuff of great literature. But how do writers balance their obligations to family and friends with their desire to tell the most riveting story possible? Writing ‘like you’re dead’ is easier said than done when you still have to face family members across the dinner table … and seriously, what if your mum reads it? Sarah Malik and Benjamin Law speak with past winners of the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition: Alana Hicks, Cat Yen and Jackie Bailey.

Presented in partnership with SBS Voices.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.