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Writing While Female

Jessica Friedmann, Lisa Fuller, Zoya Patel & Melinda Smith

In this special event in collaboration with Feminartsy, four of Canberra's most insightful women writers will share unravelling and producing on a page their experiences and lives through their writing. 

What does it mean to write memoir, and how does being a woman change or enhance this experience? How do we do our lives and relationships justice by sharing them publicly? Why is it that life writing resonates so intensely with others, in a way that other less personal forms don't always?

Please note the later start time of 3:30PM for this event

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)


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Jessica Friedmann’s writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Lifted Brow, Smith Journal, Dumbo FeathernewmatildaAustralian Financial ReviewThe AgeLuxury, and more. Things That Helped is her first published collection, based on her experience of extreme and debilitating postpartum depression.

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, and is also descended from the Wakka Wakka and Gurang Gurang mobs. She has a Masters of Creative Writing, was lucky enough to attend the Australian Publishers Association 2014 Residential Editorial Program, and is the joint winner of the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. Lisa was Editorial and Production Officer with Aboriginal Studies Press for 7 years, and recently resigned to undertake a PhD in Creative Writing focused on oral and archival research around her community.

Zoya Patel founded online feminist journal Feminartsy in 2014 following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. 

Melinda Smith won the Prime Minister's Literary award for poetry for her fourth book of poems, Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call. Her poems have been widely anthologised both in Australia and overseas, and have been translated into languages including Italian and Indonesian. She has just launched her new collection of poems, Goodbye, Cruel. Melinda is currently poetry editor at The Canberra Times. (Headline picture credit: Marina McDonald)