A Creative Writing Masterclass with Mark Tredinnick at Palm Beach

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The Self Escaping onto the Page: A Two-Day Creative Writing Masterclass At Palm Beach, 9–10 March 2019

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The Self Escaping onto the Page

At Palm Beach, 9–10 March 2019


“Creative writing is communication by Revelation,” wrote E B White. “It is the Self escaping onto the page.” Each fine story, poem or memoir speaks memorably in an inimitable voice—in which the reader, mysteriously, hears her own; it tells a tale in which she recognizes her own possible life.

The Self Escaping is a creative-writing masterclass held over two days in Palm Beach. It’s a crash-course in grace, and it’s led by Mark Tredinnick. It draws on Mark’s inspirational guide to creative writing, The Little Red Writing Book. And Mark’s twenty-five years of teaching writing.

Write the way you would be loved; write the way you would be governed, the way you’d want justice done. Write the way you’d like to be remembered.

Write as truthfully and as memorably as you can because—as Gabriel Garcia Marquez put it once—that is a writer's duty, a writer's "revolutionary duty": to make sentences at least as good and clear and shapely as the story or the place, the moment or the woman or the child, the leaf, that those sentences tell.

It is your duty, Marquez thought, to leave the language a little better, if possible, for your having used it, than it was when it found you, the greatest gift of your life.

—From Mark Tredinnick, “A Thursday Morning Manifesto”

How to do justice to your tale, and how to recharge language, in your creative writing, is what the masterclass teaches. Writing well—letting your voice, telling its story, escape—takes technique and courage. The Self Escaping is a gentle intensive in technique (most of the technique is sentence making), and it’s a short-course in courage. Mark will lead you to the lessons that great writing teaches; he’ll offer inspiration and practical guidance on the craft; and under his tutelage you’ll get to write some pieces and receive his feedback. And all this in a stunning setting above the ocean at Palm Beach. The course works for beginners and for published writers: your passion for writing and your hunger to write better matter more than your experience.


MARK TREDINNICK—whose many books include Almost Everything I Know, Egret in a Ploughed Field, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book—is a celebrated poet, essayist, and writing teacher. “One of our great poets of place,” Judy Beveridge has called him. His honours include the Montreal and Cardiff Poetry Prizes, The Blake and Newcastle Poetry Prizes, the ACU and Ron Pretty Poetry Prizes, two Premiers’ Literature Awards, and the Calibre Essay Prize. The Blue Plateau, his landscape memoir, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize. He travels and teaches widely, in schools and at festivals, through Australia and in the US, the UK and China, and he works with the corporate sector to explore the truths and graces poetry gives access to.

In November 2017 Mark was a guest of the Hong Kong International Poetry Nights, in September 2018 of the Berlin International Literature Festival, and in November 2018 of the Xichang Silk Road International Poetry Week. Many of his poems have been translated into Chinese and other languages. In 2019, he is a guest of the International Program of the Lu Xun Literary Institute in Beijing.

Sir Andrew Motion has written of Mark Tredinnick: “his is a bold, big-thinking poetry, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are recast and rekindled.”

Mark is at work on a memoir of the reading life, Reading Slowly at the End of Time. His next Australian collection of poems, Walking Underwater, will be published by Pitt Street Poetry in mid 2019; a fourth collection, The Beginners' Guide, appears in the US (Hip Pocket Press) later that year. He’s just finished a collaboration, A Hundred Miles from Home: One Hundred Haiku, with poet Peter Annand and painter John R Walker, which will appear in the UK in 2020.

Mark is the father of five. He teaches rhetoric, poetry, journalism and literature at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. He lives and writes at Bowral, southwest of Sydney. He curates programs for WestWords at Wedderburn.

"Like the singing of the birds he loves,” Jean Kent has said, “Mark Tredinnick's poetry feels artlessly beautiful.”

For more on Mark: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Tredinnick; www.marktredinnick.com.

For more information contact Jodie Williams at nourishthesolution@gmail.com

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