Writing with Declan Fry
City of Melbourne Libraries
From Frantz Fanon and Aime Cesaire to Can Xue and Michelle Tea, Henry James and Cynthia Ozick to James Baldwin and McKenzie Wark, writing has served as both a tool for change and a mirror of the world as it exists – a way of representing the world and responding to it. In this workshop, we will look at essay and fiction forms, how they operate and how we convey ideas in writing. In a time of endless information, writing allows us to elaborate upon an idea, to spend time with it, and to allow it to change us, sometimes indelibly. We capture moments in time and in place. In so doing, we make it possible for others to encounter them, too. These second lives have the potential to become the second lives of others. About Declan: Declan Fry is a writer, poet, critic and essayist. He has written for The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Overland, Australian Book Review, Meanjin, Liminal, Sydney Review of Books, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings and Westerly, among others. He was one of the winners of the 2021 Griffith Review Emerging Voices Competition and was nominated in 2022 for the Pascall Prize in criticism. His work has also appeared in the anthology Another Australia (Affirm Press) and in The Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel.
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