locating story & (re)writing real life through the novel-in-verse
The novel-in-verse speaks the poetry of public and private experience. Since its inception, it’s been a radical story telling medium– a forum where cultural, social and linguistic taboos are liberated; granting the writer a passport into multiple perspectives, multiple dialects and divergent perspectives. By freeing the writer from the shackles from scene-to-scene transitions and providing both rhetorical and narrative devices and poetic techniques, the writer has unlimited access into the real and re-imagined past.
Join Melbourne writer Ruth McIver for this two-session workshop
Held over two sessions, with a two week writing break in between,these will be creative workshops with concrete outcomes for the attending writers. While vigorous discussions and critical engagement is expected–we will learn the mechanics of writing a novel-in-verse, with an emphasis on place-based writing. We’ll cover everything from researching and representing the realm of the ‘real,’ while learning narrative and poetic techniques, focussing on storytelling through poetics.
We will also discuss the current market and why this medium lends itself so well to self-publishing; the perils and pleasures of DIY publishing and the multi-and trans-disciplinary collaborative possibilities for books of this kind (live art, theatre, visual art).
There will be a creative in-class component to all workshops and at the very least, each attendee will have at least a skeleton of creative work, which they can present for workshopping at the third workshop. Hopefully all writers will expand on their existing knowledge base, as well as improve their current practice. It’s ideal for poets who want to learn story and fiction/non-fiction writers who would like to practice the language of poetics.
When: Saturdays 2nd & 16th September, 2017
Where: The Good Room, Brunswick East
Price: early bird $60 general, $45 TFA supporters (valid until July 31st 2017)
$80 general, $65 concession, $55 TFA Supporters
Ruth McIver is a writer of poetry and fiction. She’s written and launched a true crime inspired novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club, which has been adapted for the stage. Ruth was recently selected by a team of publishers as one of seven writers to pitch her novel idea at Bloody Scotland (2014). She’s now undertaking a PhD in the area of true crime inspired crime fiction at Curtin University (Perth, WA).
Ruth has written reviews, articles and interviews about music, visual art, books, theatre, bars, society, crime, film and pop culture. Some of these print and online publications include: Readings Monthly, Feminist Reads, Film Fatales, The Rag and Bone Man Press, The Sunday Age M Magazine, The Big Issue, Beat, and Inpress, The Enthusiast, Arts Hub.
Ruth’s interest include place-based writing, usually involving poetry and haunted houses, true crime and depressing themes like memory, hysterical bodies, the exile from the self and the impossibility of homecoming.