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.
$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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – applications close at 4pm on Friday 2 March 2018.
Participants will be selected by the ACT Writers Centre based on the information provided.
Each session will run from 6.30pm-8.30pm.
|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|
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.
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.
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
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)
The purchase or loan of the designated novels is the responsibility of the participants.
Catering is the responsibility of the group and to be self-managed.
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.
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.