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Varuna, the National Writers' House

141 Cascade Street

Katoomba, NSW 2780

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Have you ever felt constrained by your ideas of what you would like to write? ‘Untaming the Writing Mind’ is a four-week course in which we explore ways of abandoning the writing-ego and learn how to allow our writing to take shape organically, from the inside out.

Participants will generate new material through on-the-spot writing exercises, and share some of their writing in the supportive context of a small group. Topics covered include finding your authentic voice, embodied writing, homegrown characters and the worlds of the imagination.

This course is suitable for those who would like to kickstart their writing practice, as well as those who have previously attended introductory courses in creative writing. The writing exercises can be used to generate fiction, poetry and memoir/narrative non-fiction.

This creative writing workshop series runs over four weeks:

Sunday 4 February, Sunday 11 February, Sunday 18 February and Sunday 4 March. Each workshop runs from 2-4pm and will be held at Varuna.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Limit of 12 participants. Participants need to be 18 years or over.

Facilitated by award-winning poet and Varuna consultant Vanessa Kirkpatrick.


Course outline: Untaming the Writing Mind

Week 1: Finding your authentic voice

What does it mean to ‘untame the writing mind’? What are the voices in your head that prevent you from writing, and that constrain your style? What do we mean by 'authentic voice' and how can you cultivate this in your writing?

Week 2: Embodied writing

In the best writing, a sense of magic develops between the words on the page and the reader. How is this magical trick performed? Explore ways in which writing from the senses can deepen the reader’s empathy and identification with the narrator/characters.

Week 3: Homegrown characters

How can we encourage the reader to step inside our characters’ shoes? What enables a reader to identify and empathise with your characters/narrator? Through a series of writing exercises, you will create characters that take on a life of their own.

Week 4: The worlds of the imagination

Some books are so captivating that we don’t want to leave the world they have created in our minds. Explore ways of describing place through writing exercises based on both experience and the imagination.


About Vanessa Kirkpatrick

Vanessa Kirkpatrick's first collection of poetry, To Catch the Light, won the inaugural John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize and was Commended for the 2013 Anne Elder Award. Her second collection, The Conversation of Trees, was published by Hope Street Press in May 2017. Vanessa has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and her poetry has been broadcast on national radio. She is a qualified teacher and has mentored creative writing for many years.

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