Writing From Life

Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
Sunday 15 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide and the things you reveal?

This full day workshop will look at writing from life from the perspective of character, plot, dialogue and most importantly, the heart of the story. It will go through a series of short exercises to help you hone in on these skills, so please come ready to write. 

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and if you have a fascinating story to tell but doubt whether you can tell it in a believable and compelling way, this session will help you on that journey. 

Participant Requirements
Bring a pen and notepad, or laptop/tablet. 

About the tutor
Alice Pung
is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Born a month after her Chinese parents fled from Cambodia to Australia as asylum seekers from Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Regime, Alice has used her shared family’s experiences to write memoir and fiction. In 2007 she won Newcomer of the Year in the Australia Book Industry Awards for her first memoir Unpolished Gem. Her next book, Her Father’s Daughter, won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Non Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Premier’s Literary Awards in Victoria and NSW. Laurinda, Alice’s first novel, won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year Award. Alice’s writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Alice edited Growing Up Asian in Australia, a collection of personal accounts, essays, short stories and poetry which is currently a set text for the VCE English context on Identity and Belonging. Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.


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