Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by their gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower. It is an inclusive event open to all teens.
Over the day, authors, journalists, activists, artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them. The program explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self. Write Up gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.
To be held at Melbourne Museum on Wednesday 25 March, Write Up Melbourne will feature presentations, panels and hands-on workshops by a range of inspiring writers.
Wednesday 25 March 2020
Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist. She is the author of Electric Lotus (IRL Press, 2019). Manisha has exhibited at Melbourne Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Digital Writers Festival, c3 contemporary art space, Bus Projects and SEVENTH Gallery. She was a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts Residency, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library and a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre. Manisha is the producer of Neptune: a dream archive and Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow.
Vidya Rajan is an award-winning writer, comedian, and performance-maker working mainly across television and theatre. She makes work that is often sharply hilarious, formally inventive, and ethically probing . She has recently worked with ABC Comedy, Metroarts, EWF, The Blue Room Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Audible, Griffin, Theatreworks, and is a 2018 recipient of Screen Australia’s Developing the Developer initiative. She is a current writer in residence at the Malthouse Theatre making new work. You can follow her at vidyasrajan.com or on twitter.com/vidyarrrr
Maria Lewis is a best-selling author, screenwriter and journalist. Starting as a police reporter at the age of sixteen, her work on pop culture has been seen on SBS Viceland’s The Feed and in print for publications such as The Guardian, Penthouse, New York Post and Empire Magazine. Winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2019 for her fourth book The Witch Who Courted Death, her latest novel The Wailing Woman follows the plight of a teenage banshee and continues her globally published Supernatural Sisters series. Her debut novel, Who’s Afraid?, is currently being adapted for television.
During this time participants will register for the day
Students are welcomed to Girls Write Up as we run through the day's events.
How do others’ stories shape who we are? How do they limit us or change us? How can we resist, reimagine, reclaim and take ownership of ourselves in the face of these narratives? Vidya Rajan, Manisha Anjali and Santilla Chingaipe explore their own relationship to the stories they have been told about who they are and their place in the world by reading a letter to their younger self. Followed by a short, hosted discussion and Q & A.
Graphic Narratives with Mandy Ord Comedy / Improv with Vidya Rajan Performance Poetry with Manisha Anjali TBA with Evelyn Araleun TBA with Santilla Chingaipe Making Monsters (Speculative Fiction Workshop) with Maria Lewis
Can storytelling save the world and if so, how? Isobel Morphy-Walsh, Evelyn Araleun and Hella Ibrahim offer their own mini manifestoes to the artists of the future and discuss the revolutionary potential of storytelling for creating a fairer and more inclusive national story.
In this 30-minute session, a selection of our Write Up speakers will answer some of the anonymous questions posted in the Ask Me Anything box over the course of the day. This is the chance for audience members to ask questions they’ve always wanted to ask, but never had the opportunity.