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  • Writer's pictureMadeline Oliver

Centralia in 2019

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

On July 28, 2019 I gave my full-day workshop on story structure, Cut to the Chase, at the impressive Alice Springs Library. The workshop was facilitated through the NT Writers Centre - many thanks to Fiona Dorrell, who publicised it widely and organised an ABC radio interview. It was very exciting for me to see the diverse work that local writers are doing - from playwriting for local festivals to graphic novels for publication. Alice is a small town, but it's full of people with big ideas who want to realise their dreams.

A couple of weeks later Fiona and I took the show on the road with local poet and artist Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe, whose first book is due to be released in April 2020. I offered my popular memoir workshop, The Unbelievable Truth, at Barkly Arts in Tennant Creek on August 10 and there we got to meet yet more impressive writers doing diverse work.

My only regret was that I missed the NT Writers' Festival, held in May. Every second year it's held in Alice Springs and it offers an impressive line-up of all kinds of activities you never get at city Writers' Festivals as the whole community gets involved in events under the stars.

Madeline Oliver memoir workshops writer Central Australia

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