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Amra Pajalic: Writing a non fiction profile

Session Info:

Referencing my book What a Muslim Woman Looks Like (co-written with Demet Divaroren) I discuss the process of writing a non fiction profile.

I take students through the process of the idea of this book – to profile twelve Muslim women to raise cross-cultural awareness and challenge the stereotypes of Muslim women.

I then look into the process that I went through in writing the profiles including developing interview questions, conducting an interview and so on.

By sharing my lessons, as well as some tips and tricks, I hope to inspire the audience to look at their networks as a resource to write their own profiles for school assignments and/or publication.


  • Aims of project: challenging stereotypes, cross-cultural awareness, multiculturalism in Australia.
  • Process of writing profile: undertaking research, developing questions for interview, conducting interview, deciding on purpose and audience, structuring profile
  • Interviewing techniques: on the record or off the record
  • Purpose of profile: to inform, entertain, educate
  • Writing techniques: journalistic or creative non fiction
  • Photographing your subject: framing a photo, photo releases

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