Between the Lines 2018: Reading for Writers Program

 

Presented by the ACT Writers Centre, Between the Lines is a facilitated book discussion group for writers with an active practice. Over the course of a year, a recognised expert in the required field will lead participants through a series of bimonthly conversations about books on a specially curated list. The focus will be on authorial technique and achievement, rather than subjective personal judgements on whether or not the book is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

In 2018 there will be two programs: (1) literature and (2) poetry. The sessions will be held from 6.30pm-8.30pm on a Thursday every second month at Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, ACT.

Cost:

$295 for the full six sessions across the year; this is for either the literature stream or the poetry stream. No concessions and payment must be paid in full prior to commencing the program. Participants will be responsible for accessing copies of the selected works.

How to apply:

Between the Lines is targeted at writers with a publication record and an active practice. Places will be limited to 12 for each stream and participants will be expected to attend all sessions in order to get full value out of the program.

Please email a brief (1-page) Expression of Interest, including a biographical statement (publication record, awards, other achievements) and what you would hope to get out of the program to admin@actwriters.org.au – applications close at 4pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

Participants will be selected by the ACT Writers Centre based on the information provided.

Details:

 

Each session will run from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

MONTH

DATE

THEME

VENUE

FACILITATOR

March Thurs 8 Fiction ACT Writers Centre Dr Jordan Williams
March Thurs 15 Poetry ACT Writers Centre Melinda Smith
April Thurs 12 Fiction ACT Writers Centre Dr Jordan Williams
May Thurs 17 Poetry ACT Writers Centre Melinda Smith
June Thurs 14 Fiction ACT Writers Centre Dr Jordan Williams
July Thurs 12 Poetry ACT Writers Centre Melinda Smith
August Thurs 16 Fiction ACT Writers Centre Dr Jordan Williams
September Thurs 13 Poetry ACT Writers Centre Melinda Smith
October Thurs 18 Fiction ACT Writers Centre Dr Jordan Williams
November Thurs 15 Poetry ACT Writers Centre Melinda Smith
December Thurs 6 Fiction ACT Writers Centre Dr Jordan Williams
December Thurs 13 Poetry ACT Writers Centre Melinda Smith

About Dr. Jordan Williams:

Jordan Williams is an academic, writer and researcher at the University of Canberra. Jordan has a passion for genre fiction – how it works, how authors work it to their advantage, and in particular, how far can you push a genre and why push at all? Jordan has published short stories, prose poetry and multimedia works. She teaches writing and literature and does applied research, teaching creative writing to injured and ill service personnel. The books chosen for this journey through genre all, in one way or another, borrow from genre but in the service of the author’s intention to do more than employ formulae. Help her unpick what they do, how they do it and whether it works.

About Melinda Smith:

Melinda Smith has published 6 books of poetry and is a previous winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her work has been anthologised widely in Australia and overseas and translated into multiple languages. She was poetry editor of The Canberra Times from mid-2015 to mid-2017. She believes in adventurous reading, both for pure enjoyment and for the broadening of taste and deepening of craft it can bring. Join her on a year-long exploration of some newer voices in contemporary Australian poetry. Discoveries, delights and discussions await.

What is the reading list for the prose stream?

Jordan has chosen the theme of novels that push boundaries:

March – Loise Murphy – Soon (purchase)

April – Colson Whitehead –  Zone One (purchase)

June – Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (purchase)

August – Paul Collis – Dancing Home (purchase)

October – George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo (purchase)

December: a book chosen in October by group vote

What is the reading list for the poetry stream?

March – Eileen Chong – Painting Red Orchids (purchase)

May – Omar Sakr – These Wild Houses (purchase)

July – Sarah Holland-Batt – The Hazards (purchase)

September – Michael Farrell – Cocky’s Joy (purchase)

November – Ellen Van Neerven – Comfort Food (purchase)

December – Eddie Paterson – Redactor (purchase)

Accessing the selected works:

The purchase or loan of the designated novels is the responsibility of the participants.

Catering:

Catering is the responsibility of the group and to be self-managed.

Access to the Between the Lines Facebook group:

All participants will be given access to the Between the Lines Facebook group, where past and present participants share their thoughts. The page is largely self-administered. 

For more information:

Please phone the ACT Writers Centre on 6262 9191 between Wednesday and Friday, or email Nigel Featherstone on hardcopyPD@gmail.com. Please note that Nigel works from 2pm Thursday to 5pm Friday each week and will reply to phone calls and emails during that time.