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WRITE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW about what you do know, James Galvin says. Write your affections, afflictions, and addictions. Write the holiness of your heart’s affections, Keats says. Write what eludes you in what you love. Write the Beloved in the world, in yourself, in your enemy, in the dew, your grief, the dry creek bed.

—Mark Tredinnick “Thursday Morning Manifesto”

You’ll write what you like, most probably—no matter what the poets recommend. But you’d probably like to write whatever you write with elegance and grace and power; you’d likely want to write poems or stories or memoir that stay written, that leave the language at least as lovely as it was when it found you, that keep on touching readers for years. Most likely you’d hope to do justice in language to the stories and moments and places and people that call you to write them.

The Eaglemont Masterclass may show you how.

Held over one day in a beautiful house and garden in Eaglemont, where the Heidelberg Painters learned to do justice to Antipodean places, The Eaglemont Masterclass is a crash-course in grace. It’s led by Mark Tredinnick, poet and nature writer. And 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.

—From Mark Tredinnick, “A Thursday Morning Manifesto”

How to do justice to your tale, and how to recharge language, in your creative writing: this is what the masterclass teaches. The Eaglemont Masterclass is a gentle intensive in technique, and it’s a short-course in courage. Because we’ll be writing where the Heidelbergers learned to paint place; because our host is a dedicated conservationist; because Mark is a landscape tragic; and because, as the Chinese knew, no work of art amounts to much if half of it does not render the locale, there’ll be an emphasis on place and nature. Mark will also touch on lessons that great writing teaches; he’ll offer inspiration and practical guidance; and under his tutelage you’ll get to write some pieces and receive his, and each other’s, feedback.

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 a 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.


1. How to write the way you speak, how to sound like yourself—only better.

2. Three or four shortcuts to style and grace: less is more; short words are best; the soul loves the particular; the active trumps the passive.

3. Sentence craft: the long and the short; the plain and the fancy; the bad and the good and the beautiful.

4. The art of the draft: How to plan; how to begin; how to carry on; how to end (and how to know when to). The art of the redraft: how to go back and do it all again…and again…and again

5. Creative writing and functional writing, and how most of the same rules apply to both.

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