“The truth of the story lies in the detail.” – Paul Auster
The right details are what turn ordinary writing into extraordinary writing. They are what give our stories that element of recognition; they allow the reader to suspend belief. Whether it is fiction, non-fiction or memoir, the things we choose to put in are important, and we need to choose them wisely and consider what to leave out. If we are not writing about a subject which we know intimately, we are inevitably going to have to do some research to find the details which will make our writing come to life. What are these details and how do we find them? In this course we consider resources, places to look, ways to organise our research, ethical considerations and whether to separate this work from writing. We practice the art of looking closely and incorporating concrete detail in writing exercises.
Date: Thursday 25 August Time: 10am – 4pm Where: Byron Community Centre, Wategos 1. Upstairs at 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Cost: $145 General / $100 Members & Students
About the Facilitator
Eleanor Limprecht was born and raised in the US, Germany, and Pakistan before moving to Australia in her early twenties. She is the author of four novels: The Coast (Allen & Unwin, 2022), The Passengers (Allen & Unwin, 2018), Long Bay (Sleepers Publishing, 2015) and What Was Left (Sleepers Publishing, 2013, shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal). Her short fiction and essays have been published various places including Best Australian Stories, Sydney Noir, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue. She’s been the recipient of various residencies, scholarships and grants including from the Australia Council, Copyright Agency and the Australian Society of Authors. Eleanor works as a lecturer in Creative Writing at UTS.