Real-life experience for budding writers

Literary enthusiasts and people aiming for a professional writing career will have an opportunity to practise their skills in a real-life setting, while boosting their curriculum vitae, as part of next month’s Mildura Writers Festival.

Participants in La Trobe University’s Writers In Action subject will engage with the festival as writers, critics, journalists, publicists, researchers and bloggers – all while completing an accredited university subject.

The subject is open to both La Trobe students at any campus and members of the wider community and runs from 14 to 18 July.

Senior lecturer at La Trobe University, Dr Sue Gillett, says the subject offers a unique learning environment that facilitates genuine practical outcomes.

'We have had many community members and students benefit enormously from completing this subject,' she said.

'Because they network with experienced authors, media personalities and other major players in the writing world, it opens up a plethora of opportunities for them,' Ms Gillett said.

Zach Mackay, a Bachelor of Arts student at the Mildura Campus, participated in the subject last year and loved it so much he is doing it again this year.

Sharper learning focus

'The subject was a blast. Our class was a brilliant group of people with whom I shared many common interests, and attending the Writers Festival through the lens of the subject sharpened my focus in listening to the writers and absorbing what they had to say.

'It was certainly one of the greatest university experiences I’ve ever had,' said Zach.

Anyone seeking a career in writing, editing, publishing or communications – as well as those with a simple passion for words and writing – are encouraged to enrol. Writers at all levels are welcome.

Dream to become a published author

'Writing is my true passion, and while I’m not yet totally sure what path I want to take after my course is completed, I know that I would like it to involve writing of some sort. I would certainly recommend the subject to people who love books and/or writing.

'People attend for different reasons, but at its core, the Mildura Writers Festival is a gathering of people from many different walks of life united by their love of stories, and Writers in Action provides a brilliant launching point from which to really enter that creative sphere and get the most from the writers attending,' said Zach.

The subject was developed in 2013 in partnership with the Bendigo Writers Festival. This is the second time it has been offered in Mildura and the first in Albury.

Writers In Action has received a number of University awards and has been nominated for this year’s National Learning and Teaching Award.

For more information or to enrol visit Writers In Action (www.latrobe.edu.au and search ‘Writers in Action')

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