Writers SA

Writing Magical Realism

with Vikki Wakefield (in-person event*) 

Magical Realism embraces the odd, the unusual, the mythical and the magical, by altering the world in which we already exist. Often considered the weird kid at the literary table, Magical Realism has yielded some of our most celebrated literature—stories that blend the ordinary with the extraordinary without justification or explanation. But is it a true genre, a style, or a complex literary mode? Do we need a label? Are there rules and conventions?

This workshop is an introduction to writing Magical Realism. 

Through group discussion and practical exercises, participants will learn to:

  • Recognise the key elements of Magical Realism
  • Understand the history and context of the movement
  • Use writing exercises to fuse the fantastical within a real world setting
  • Control narrative and tone in our writing, in keeping with the style of Magical Realism
  • Build a list for further reading/study 

‘[Magical Realism]…a commingling of the improbable and the mundane.’ —Salman Rushdie


Vikki Wakefield writes realistic fiction for Young Adults. Her work is distinctly Australian with a touch of magical realism, exploring coming-of-age, family, class, relationships, and the lives of contemporary Australian teens, and includes award-winning novels All I Ever WantedFriday BrownInbetween Days and Ballad for a Mad Girl. Vikki lives and writes in Adelaide, Australia. This Is How We Change the Ending is her new YA novel (available September 2019). 

Full Price $115 / Writers SA Members Price $77

Venue: Pridham Hall, University of South Australia, City West Campus 

This event has a strict cap on numbers due to Covid-19 venue regulations. You must purchase an individual ticket for every person intending to come to the workshop. Unfortunately no exceptions can be made.

*Writers SA will continue to adhere to all government advice related to the pandemic. This means our physical workshop locations could change or move online, if necessary. If health advice changes and alters the delivery of this session, ticket holders will be notified immediately. 

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact info@writerssa.org.au at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Registrations will close 4pm on the Friday prior to a weekend event and 5pm the day of for an evening event to ensure all participants have the relevant links and information during Writers SA business hours.

—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact info@writerssa.org.au with your membership number to make your booking. 

Price: A$115.00

Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm

Date: December 5, 2020

Event starts
Saturday 5 December, 2020
Event ends
Saturday 5 December, 2020
Pridham Hall, University of South Australia
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