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Writing a Life with Arnold Zable

Faber Writing Academy

Event Date: 8 October 2016
Author / Presenters: Arnold Zable

Want to write a page turner about your life or your ancestors? Then do the Writing a Life course with acclaimed teacher and writer Arnold Zable.

Learn how to bring your recollections and research into family history to life, and to write in a way that will hold the reader.

There are many ways of writing a life. Stories drawn from life, tales of journeys and family history, can range from memoir to autobiography, from short story to novel, from personal journal to biography. Or they can be written just for family. Drawing on thirty years of experience both as an acclaimed writer across the genres and as a lecturer and teacher, Arnold Zable will guide you through the most imaginative and engaging ways to structure and write a life story. It will include writing exercises, feedback, mini-talks, and question and answer sessions.

About the tutor:
Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His award-winning books include the memoirs Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, and three novels, Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven and Sea of Many Returns. His most recent book is Violin Lessons, which continues his exploration of themes of exile and displacement with stories spanning the globe. Zable is the author of numerous columns, essays, features and the co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. His novel Cafe Scheherazade was adapted for stage and performed in 2011.

Zable has lectured extensively on creative writing and conducted writing workshops throughout Australia. He has conducted workshops with Cambodian writers under the auspices of the Melbourne Centre of International PEN. He has also run workshops for refugees, asylum seekers, the homeless, the deaf, problem gamblers, Black Saturday bushfire survivors and other groups, using story as a means of self-understanding. Zable is immediate past president of Melbourne PEN and has a Doctorate in Creative Arts from Melbourne University, where he is currently a Vice Chancellor's Fellow.

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