Family stories, in both fiction and non-fiction, have enormous narrative potential. From parent-child relationships to sibling rivalries. From strong ties to missing parts. We all have a story to tell when it comes to the family we know. But how can a writer pen a story of their own family in a way that is both ethical and compelling?
What story should, or can, we tell? And what can we learn from writers who have attempted to capture their families on the page? This workshop will guide participants through planning, researching and writing family stories.
Session 1 will cover the ethics of writing the stories of others, particularly of those close to us. Participants will develop personal plans on approaching the writing process, and how to decide what story needs to be told, why they should tell it, and in what form.
Session 2 will give participants the opportunity to start writing a family story. This session will have a particular focus on how to craft family members as compelling and meaningful characters.
Dates: Wednesdays 3 & 10 November Time: 1pm – 3pm Where: Online via Zoom Cost: $120 General / $100 Members
About the Presenter
Sara El Sayed was born in Alexandria, Egypt. She teaches at Queensland University of Technology, where she is completing a Master of Fine Arts. Her work features in the anthologies Growing Up African in Australia and Arab, Australian, Other, among other places. She is a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship and was shortlisted for the 2020 Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award.