Theme, Imagery, Symbolism

Writers Victoria

Event Date: 
17 July 2022
Author / Presenters:

This one-day course will take a deep dive into theme, symbolism and imagery, and how these interact with and influence one another. The course is ideally suited to writers who have a project on the go, no matter how big or small. With a mixture of tuition, examples and exercises, Emily will help you to understand the macro-level themes at the heart of your project and to use these as a way of generating plot, character and scenes, as well as enriching your prose on the level of the sentence and image. This empowering workshop will give you techniques you can continue to use and develop into the future.

You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • To better understand how theme, symbolism and imagery function in writing.
  • How to identify and make use of the themes operating in your own and other people’s work.
  • How theme can be used to generate ideas and material for your writing.
  • To use symbolism and imagery in a more effective way to enrich your work
  • Techniques that you can continue to use on your own to improve your writing.

About the Tutor:

Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. She has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne, and has been teaching writing for over a decade. Her second novel, Wild Abandon, was published in 2021 by Allen and Unwin.

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When: 17 July 2022 - 10:00 through 04:00 PM
Where: 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, 3000