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Daily Review Masterclass # 2 Creative Writing

Following the sell-out success of our inaugural Masterclass with portraitist Lewis Miller on April 30, Daily Review has partnered once again with Hotel for the Arts, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins to host a Creative Writing Masterclass on Saturday, June 4 from 10am to 1pm. BOOK HERE.

The aim of our Masterclasses is to bring leaders in their creative fields together with readers who want to learn skills, techniques and approaches that can be applied to their own work –whether they are beginners or established in their chosen field.

Next month’s Masterclass will be hosted by one of Australia’s most celebrated writers, Joanna Murray-Smith. The multi-award winning writer is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and librettist.

Joanna Murray-Smith is an alumni of Columbia University’s Creative Writing graduate course in New York and a former Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University. She has been a guest  teacher at Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts and UCLA in the USA.

Her three hour Masterclass, The Ten Fundamentals of Creative Writing is an engaged and engaging practical session on how to become a better creative writer. It will incorporate individual feed-back, in-class exercises and creative conversation on harnessing the imagination across forms.

Murray-Smith is best known for her plays that are staged around the world and have been performed by some of the world’s greatest practitioners including Annette Bening, Meryl Steep, Laura Linney, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Diana Rigg, Corin Redgrave, Sam Waterston, Iain Glen and John Slattery.

Her dramas have been presented on the West End numerous times and on Broadway and are regularly programmed in all Australian state theatre company seasons and Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. Her latest play, a drama about guns in America, American Song, has just completed an acclaimed world season premiere at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre which commissioned it.

Her novels include Truce, Judgement Rock and Sunnyside (all published by Penguin). Her screenwork includes the ABC TV legal drama Janus and the recently broadcast made for TV opera, The Divorce.  She is currently working on a new feature film produced by Bryan Brown. Her opera librettos commissioned by Opera Australia include The Divorce and Love in the Age of Therapy.

The three hour Creative Writing Masterclass will be held in a private function room on the 35th floor of the Sofitel Hotel and tea and espresso coffee are on tap throughout the class and light refreshments will be served during a 15 minute break. Places are limited to 30. The  cost of $170 includes GST, all refreshments and booking charges but an earlybird discount price of $150 is available until for all bookings until May 24 only). BOOK HERE

Feedback to our first painting Masterclass with Archibald Prize winner Lewis Miller was unanimously positive with participants (one of whom travelled from Perth to the event) enthusing: “Always inspiring to see a master at work. The stories were fascinating”; “Beautiful location and really intimate set up”; “I really enjoyed every aspect”: “Taught me loads of stuff”; and “Good mix of funny stories and demonstrations”.

BOOK HERE for our Creative Writing Masterclass with Joanna Murray Smith on June 4 

Photo credit: Sydney Theatre Company




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