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The Stella Prize is delighted to be partnering with the Emerging Writers’ Festival on the #writingwhilefemale day, dedicated to celebrating women in writing.

The Stella Prize will present two sessions on Friday 5 June:

12 noon – 1pm: Gendered Genres: Women on Women’s Writing

Ruth Franklin has stated that ‘Men’s novels about suburbia…are about society; women’s novels about suburbia…are about women.’ The term ‘Women’s Fiction’ carries with it implications that female writers write from their specific perspectives as women, leaving men to explore the important, universal questions. Similarly, domestic realism in fiction has often led to women’s writing being boxed in as ‘Chick Lit’, while male writers tackling the domestic, such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, are lauded for their honesty and courage.

Do women tell different stories? Are women writers trapped by their gender? What are the causes for these barriers? How might women go about dismantling them, and does the onus to do so lie with them?

Featuring Aviva TuffieldEmily BittoLouise Swinn and Ellen van Neerven.



2 – 4pm: Stella Reviewing Masterclass

Back by popular demand after two sold-out inaugural sessions at the 2015 Digital Writers’ Festival, we are delighted to announce the return of the Stella Reviewing Masterclass. Hosted by two of Australia’s most respected literary critics, Melinda Harvey and Jo Case, this two hour workshop is an invaluable opportunity for emerging reviewers and book critics to hone their craft.

Featuring Melinda Harvey and Jo Case.

#writingwhilefemale at the Emerging Writers’ Festival

When: Friday 5 June
12 noon – 1pm: Gendered Genres: Women on Women’s Writing
2 – 4pm: Stella Reviewing Masterclass

Where: The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Price: Both events are open only to #writingwhilefemale ticketholders.
Tickets to the #writingwhilefemale day cost $90 full/$75 concession and are available through the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Book here.
Participation in the Stella Reviewing Masterclass will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the day, and will be strictly capped at 12 participants.

For bookings and more information, visit the Emerging Writers’ Festival website.

The Stella Reviewing Masterclasses are kindly supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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