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Class No. 901 – fee $420


Tutor –  Fiona Kidman




When the writer sits down to write it is a matter of deciphering something already there, something you have done ‘in the deep sleep of your life,’ as French writer Marguerite Duras once said. In this course, Fiona will encourage participants to unlock their potential as writers and explore the possibilities of their imagination. There will be a focus on writing memoir but several facets of good writing practice will be explored, whether for fiction or creative non-fiction. It is not necessary to bring work at the beginning of the course but those who wish to have assessments and critiques of pieces they have already written are welcome to do so. The submissions should not exceed 2,000 words or thereabouts.


Fiona is a novelist, short story writer, memoirist and poet. Over a fifty-year writing life she has also worked as a librarian, a screen writer in the film and television industry, and as a radio producer. She has written or edited more than 30 books. Her awards include the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction, and the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship. Her books are widely translated. Her recent novels include The Infinite Air, All day at the Movies and This Mortal Boy (shortlisted Heritage Fiction prize 2018). She holds a DNZM, OBE and the French Legion of Honour. She aims for a safe, relaxed environment in her workshops.




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