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Writing a Life with Arnold Zable

Course fee: $295 (inc. GST)

There are many ways of writing a life. Stories drawn from life, tales of journeys and family history can range from memoir to autobiography; from short story to novel; from personal journal to biography. Or they can be written just for family.

The crucial questions are: what is the best way to write a life story, how to bring your recollections and research into family history to life, and how to write in a way that will hold the reader. Drawing on thirty years of experience both as an acclaimed writer across the genres and as a lecturer and teacher, Arnold Zable's workshop will explore the most imaginative and engaging ways to structure and write a life's story. It will include writing exercises, feedback, mini-talks, and question & answer sessions.

This one-day course is suitable for both emerging and established writers.

Your course includes:
• One full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm.
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks.
• A 10% discount on full priced books purchased at any Readings shop - the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Student testimonials:

'A very thought provoking, stimulating and enjoyable experience.' 2016

'Arnold is very inclusive and open, encouraging and interested.'' 2015

'Arnold is an excellent tutor. His breadth of knowledge about literature and the writing process ensured that the workshop was very worthwhile.' 2014

'A fabulous course. Not dry or academic but really encouraging and valuable.' 2013

About the Tutor

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His award-winning books include the memoir Jewels and Ashes; two collections of stories: The Fig Tree and Violin Lessons; three novels: Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven and Sea of Many Returns; and most recently, The Fighter, a biography written in novelistic form. Zable is the author of numerous columns, essays, features, and the co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. His novel Cafe Scheherazade was adapted for stage and performed in 2011.

Zable has lectured extensively on creative writing and conducted writing workshops throughout Australia and internationally. In recent years, he has conducted workshops with Cambodian writers under the auspices of the Melbourne Centre of International PEN. He has run workshops for refugees, asylum seekers, the homeless, the deaf, problem gamblers, Black Saturday bushfire survivors and other groups, using story as a means of self-understanding. Zable is immediate past president of Melbourne PEN and has a Doctorate in Creative Arts from Melbourne University. He is currently a research fellow at the Melbourne Refugees Studies Program and an honourary fellow of the School of Culture and Communication, Melbourne University. In 2013 he was awarded the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.

How to Apply

To secure your booking, please complete the application form and email it to or send by post to Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, PO Box 8500, St Leonards NSW 1590

Download the application form (PDF)

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy: or (02) 8425 0171


Event starts
Sunday 19 November, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 19 November, 2017
Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
Venue Address
406 Albert Street

Victoria, Melbourne

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