Nature Writing Workshop – Sophie Cunningham

Saturday 7 October 2017 | 1pm – 5pm

Cost – $65. Con – $60

Art + Ecology
Art, Science and Cultural landscapes coming together to celebrate the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

Official Reading of Biyala Sories and Q&A by Sophie Cunningham @ 10am (FREE EVENT) – 10am – 11am

Nature Writing Workshop – 1pm – 5pm

This four-hour workshop will be relevant to both the beginner and more experienced writers. It will be composed of a short lecture, discussion and two writing exercises all of which will be aimed at exploring the creative possibilities provided by the natural world around us. Themes explored will include ways in which one can develop attentiveness and their powers of observation. The importance of detail and of cultivating familiarity and connection. Finding narrative threads when they are useful alongside a consideration of the fact that narrative may not always be what is needed. The ways in which research can enhance your work. Note-taking and managing information. And writing about the natural world in a time of rapid change. Participants will leave with a range of suggested reading.

Participants are asked to bring  a photo of a landscape, some fauna, or a wild creature, as well as a favourite object (this does not have to be from nature).

Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor, and the author of four books, Geography (2004), Bird (2008), Melbourne (2011) and Warning: the Story of Cyclone Tracy (2014).  Her essay, ‘Staying With the Trouble’ was the winner of the 2015 Calibre Prize and her essay ‘Biyala Stories’ has just won the 2017 Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize. She is currently completing her third novel, ‘This Devastating Fever’ and a book of linked essays, ‘Diary from the End Times’. She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in the School Media and Communication in the College of Design and Social Context.’


Booking is essential so please call the gallery on 03 5722 0865  or book now!




image: Sophie Cunningham