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I have extensive experience in conducting writing workshops offering my own practical tips, opportunities for writing in class and obtaining constructive feedback. My workshops can be tailored to all audiences, eg: budding writers, students interested in creative writing, Year 12 HSC students who require advice on the creative writing component of the HSC exam (belonging or extension English ‘After the Bomb’).
Introduction to my own writing career to inspire and encourage younger writers (given I wrote my first full-length novel age 15) Sample of practical exercises/theory Plot, getting started, sustaining the middle of a story, character, dialogue, editing, ending
A session for students in HSC Extension English on the study area After the Bomb. Topics: Practical tips for addressing the topic in the creative writing assessment
A session for students on the VCE context, Belonging. Topics: Practical tips for addressing the topic in the creative writing assessment
My visit to my father’s birthplace, Palestine, in 2000 had a profound impact on me. I suddenly understood the tragedy of my family, specifically my grandmother’s, dispossession. I also saw children and young adults trying to get on with their life despite the occupation – attending weddings, gossiping with friends and neighbours, haggling at the […]
The struggle to define oneself against stereotypes is something I feel very passionately about and is the primary reason why I deal with identity themes in my novels. Those stereotypes aren’t necessarily religious or culturally based. Some of my characters struggle against stereotypes associated with their figures and body image. Some struggle with stereotypes that […]