Reading & Writing the Novel

with Claire Corbett

A six-day residency reading, writing and talking about the art and craft of the novel with Claire Corbett.
At Varuna, the National Writers House in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

CORBETT Claire 2Monday 23 July to Sunday 29 July 2018
Applications close 30 March 2018

The Reading and Writing the Novel Residential Masterclass includes:
Private writing time in your own writing studio
• One on one consultation as well as group sessions led by Claire Corbett
• Six nights accommodation at Varuna including meals

 

About Claire Corbett
Claire Corbett is a writer and award-winning teacher of literature, film and creative writing. She writes novels, creative non-fiction, journalism, and short stories. Her first novel, WHEN WE HAVE WINGS, was published in 2011 by Allen & Unwin and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and published overseas. Recent fiction and essays have been published in Best Australian Stories 2014 & 2015, Griffith Review, Southerly and Overland. She has written on defence and strategy for The Diplomat, The Strategist and The Monthly. Her second novel, WATCH OVER ME, is published by Allen & Unwin in May 2017.

She teaches writing at the University of Technology, Sydney and Master Classes in Writing with Thomas Keneally. In 2016 she was awarded a UTS Teaching and Learning Award for Outstanding Achievement for writing and teaching a new course on speculative fiction.

More information on Claire Corbett can be found on her website: www.clairecorbett.com

Reading and Writing the Novel - what makes long-form fiction tick
We will read excerpts from a variety of great novels, as well as some critical literature, and investigate how these stories work, why they affect us and what we can learn from their style and techniques.

This course will explore both the practical and the more mysterious processes that combine to make your novel spring to life. We will look at form and voice and story: how to start, how to progress your story, what it takes to engage and absorb ourselves and our readers. We'll reflect on specific aspects of how novels work. We can also discuss applying our insights to what publishers and assessors look for and the publishing process.

Writers will bring part of a novel in progress, most likely the beginning stages of the work, to share with the group. Each writer will have a private session with Claire as well as participating in group sessions. These provide a supportive framework for you to spend much of the week dedicated to your own writing, working in the peaceful and productive environment of Varuna.

What Writers Say

UTS Writing Course feedback:

Claire was extremely knowledgeable and fascinating. I love this class, she is an amazing teacher.

Claire was super knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject, and it was very obvious in the quality of her teaching. She clearly cared for her work and for the development of her students and I would gladly have her as a teacher again. Definitely became my favourite subject because of her.

Really enjoyed it, has been my favourite Creative Writing subject!! And Claire was very good, was very thorough and helpful in workshop feedback as well as teaching.

Master Class with Thomas Keneally feedback:
Experienced tutors, extremely knowledgeable with practical examples to illustrate everything they told us. Loved the introduction of examples from film and poetry too. Very good readings every week and useful exercises we had to complete.

Strengths include the expertise of Claire, the development of comradery, excellent choice of readings.
I think the most valuable things I learned were shifting perspectives, trying to look from other peoples' point of view but also looking askance at things to create different voices.

Loved all of it. Wish it could have been longer!

How much does it cost
The fee for the residency is $1,750 including accommodation, workshops and meals.
A special discount is available to all financial Varuna Alumni of $1,450.

How to apply
Varuna is accepting applications for the Reading and Writing the Novel Residential Masterclass now

Writers interested in participating in the Reading and Writing the Novel Residential Masterclass need to submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) to Varuna in an online application. Your EOI should include a short, specific statement letting us know what you would most like to gain or to work on during the week, a sample of your novel writing (up to 20 pages) and a paragraph about your experience as a writer. Please also include a cover sheet with your name and contact details.

Please save your EOI and your submission (up to 20 pages of your novel writing), including the downloadable cover sheet, as a single document in PDF format. The title of your saved document should include your name and the words ‘NOVEL EOI’ (eg 'Mary Smith NOVEL EOI'). 
Applications close 30 March 2018. Applicants will be notified of the selection outcome by 11 April 2018.


More information
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Further information about staying at Varuna and our programs can be found on our website.

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Advanced Memoir

with Patti Miller

A six-day advanced memoir residential masterclass with Patti Miller, at Varuna, the National Writers' House in the Blue Mountains, NSW

pattimillerMonday 19 November to Sunday 25 November 2018
Applications close 22 August

The Advanced Memoir Residency includes:

Private writing time in your own writing studio
• Small group tutorials with Patti Miller exploring techniques on Writing Memoir (three half-day sessions)
• A one-on-one consultation with a Varuna consultant to talk about your current writing project
• Six days' accommodation at Varuna including meals 

 

About Patti Miller

Patti's approach to life writing has grown out of her love and knowledge of the art of writing and literature as well as her lifelong fascination with the way stories construct our sense of self.

Because memoir writing also has an inner dimension – it can be both healing and awakening – she understands the importance of the magical art and craft of the word and the story. She is a writer and knows that there is a transforming power in the discipline of writing, which lifts the stories of our lives out of history and testament and into Art.

Her teaching and manuscript advice to others is not theoretical – it comes directly from her own daily experience of the joys and challenges of her own writing. She has been published in literary magazines and nationals newspapers since the late 1970s and is the author of eight books:

  • The best-selling Writing Your Life (writing text) A&U, 1994; new ed 2001
  • The Last One Who Remembers (memoir) A&U, 1997
  • Child (novel) A&U, 1998
  • Whatever The Gods Do (memoir) Vintage Random House, 2003
  • The Memoir Book (writing text) A&U, 2007
  • The Mind of a Thief (narrative nonfiction) UQP, May 2012 (long-listed for the Stella Prize and the Nita Kibble Award and short-listed for WA Premiers Prize)
  • Ransacking Paris (narrative nonfiction) UQP, 2015
  • Writing True Stories (writing text) A&U, July 2017


Patti has a wide knowledge of literature and writing practice, which creates a well-informed context for her guidance.

Further information about Patti and her workshops can be found on her website: http://www.lifestories.com.au/cv.htm

What Writers Say

Patti Miller's program differs from other courses I’ve attended in its emphasis on memoir as a literary craft. She takes a personal view to the craft of storytelling that allows for a diversity of approach while emphasising the structural elements of the form... If you’re into memoir writing, Patti Miller's workshop will leave you keen to write more, with an eye for the detail and a sense of where to go next. And paradoxically, there’s the added excitement of the not quite knowing where that might be. To me, this mystery is essential to writing about your life.
Elisabeth Hanscombe, 2013 participant

How much does it cost

The fee for the residency is $1,950 including accommodation, workshops and meals.
A special discount is available to all financial Varuna Alumni of $1,650.

How to apply

Varuna is now accepting applications for the Advanced Memoir Residential Masterclass with Patti Miller.

Writers interested in participating in the Advanced Memoir Residential Masterclass need to submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) to Varuna through an online application. Your EOI should include a sample of your work and a cover sheet with your name and contact details.

Please see below about preparing your submission and uploading it on the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 22 August 2018.
Applicants will be notified of the selection outcome by 5 September 2018.

More information

If you need further information about the application process please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 02 4782 5674. Regarding the residency please contact the Varuna Creative Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Residents will need to have their own copy of Patti Miller's Writing True Stories


Preparing your submission

Submission (electronic copy only)
Please download the application cover sheet, fill out and attach your submission (a half page synopsis and up to five pages that are indicative of your most recent and relevant work), ready to upload when you complete the online application form.

The cover sheet includes:
• Your personal contact details
• Brief publication history
• What you would most like to gain or work on during the Residential Masterclass

Your application cover sheet and submission should be saved and uploaded as a single PDF document.
Please save your EOI as a PDF with the file name: YOUR NAME ADV MEMOIR EOI (eg MARY SMITH ADV MEMOIR EOI)

Online Application Form

Fill out all the fields and upload your prepared EOI submission.

In submitting an application, applicants agree to the following conditions:
• Applications must comply with the program's requirements.
• Applicants must be 18 years or older.
• Submitted material must be the applicant's own original work.
• Submissions including application cover sheet must be uploaded (electronically) by the deadline.
• Application materials are not returned under any circumstances. After the selection process is finished, materials are responsibly disposed of.
• Individual feedback is not provided to unsuccessful applicants.
• Varuna retains information from application forms for one year.

When you submit your application you will see a 'Thank You' screen indicating that your submission has been uploaded and the data sent to Varuna.
Your application is complete. If there are any issues, Varuna will be in touch by email.

Disclaimer: Varuna reserves the right to make changes to its advertised programs and all applications are accepted subject to this proviso.

CLICK HERE to go to the online APPLICATION FORM 

Varuna is now accepting applications for the Advanced Memoir Residential Masterclass and applications close 22 August 2018