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The Lifted Brow

Event Date: 14 May 2016
Author / Presenters: Ellena Savage and Rebecca Harkins-Cross


In the lead-up to the May 29 submission date for The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab’s Prize for Experimental Non-fiction, we are running seminars focussing on the histories and practices of experimental non-fiction writing.

This second event is geared towards writers of all levels of experience who are seeking to engage more deeply with the form. It will be led by editor of The Lifted Brow Ellena Savage and long-time contributor Rebecca Harkins-Cross.

The event will take place in Melbourne for writers to attend in person; the presentation slideshows and matching audio will also be streamed online for writers in other parts of Australia and the world to be able to take part.

The lectures and discussion will give a historical overview of the genre, and will look closely at the work of several contemporary practitioners and how they interpret the form.

We are enthusiastic to meet those already working in this genre, to assist new writers to harness experimental techniques and ideas within their practice, and we welcome those who are simply curious.


Saturday May 14, 2016

RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus
Building 80, Level 4, Room 19
(on Swanston Street)

Free for The Lifted Brow subscribers and RMIT students and staff, $20 otherwise. (You can subscribe here.)

Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot. Include in your email your name, a mobile phone number, and know whether you are a subscriber or if you will be paying. (We will let you know how to transfer us the money.)

If you were on the waiting list for the first workshop, you will need to contact us to book into this second event.

Places are limited so please book early.

We particularly encourage people who are queer and/or trans, and/or of any race, colour, religion, gender, age, and/or have a disability, to attend — and to that end, we have reserved some free places in the workshop for writers with diverse identities. Please just let us know. Additionally, if you are experiencing any kind of hardship, financial or otherwise, contact us and we’ll do what we can to accommodate you.

Those interested in tuning into the live video stream of the event, please email us to register so that we can keep you updated. Streaming will be free for subscribers, or $10 for non-subscribers.

Please direct all queries to [email protected]


9.30am-1:00pm (with breaks)

- An introduction to experimental non-fiction as genre and practice, with two presentations by Ellena Savage and Rebecca Harkins-Cross. Topics include the divide between fiction/nonfiction, the relational nature of experimentation, the intervention of the writer as body and subject, and the impact of disciplines other than literature on contemporary non-fiction practices.

- Close readings of several writers working within the genre, including Maggie Nelson, Anne Carson, Sophie Calle, Hilton Als, and John D’Agata.

- Questions and discussion

- Small writing exercises integrated throughout

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