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In May and June, non/fictionLab hosted two writers at McCraith House in Dromana – Sam Cooney and Briohny Doyle. Sam Cooney is publisher and director at literary publishing organisation The Lifted Brow, and is a writer and editor. He teaches writing at various Melbourne universities, sits on several boards, recently undertook a residency with McSweeney’s Publishing in …

non/fictionLab researcher David Carlin led a week-long workshop in June, in partnership with the Adelaide Festival and the Major Festivals Initiative, investigating the potential translation of his book The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015) into a stage performance work. David worked with director Kate Champion, producer Ali Barker and performers Sosina Wogayehu, Tigist Strode and Lielit …

The ‘Nonfiction Design’ studio an industry-linked collaboration between Media and Communication Design was run in Semester 1. The studio was co-facilitated by Seth Keen (Media – nonfictionLab) and Peter West (Communication Design – Design Futures).  The title of the studio ‘Nonfiction Design’ extends Seth’s research into the integration of design methodologies and methods into professional …

non/fictionLab’s co-director Adrian Miles managed a two day writing intensive for staff in RMIT’s media program last week. The intensive was held off campus, at the very comfortable Abbotsford Convent and used the same techniques, strategies, and focussing exercises that Adrian uses for the non/fictionLab writing workshops. Top writer achieved just over 7000 words in …

In May, the Urban Writing House was host to the wonderful Hannah Brasier. Hannah’s project-based research is developing models for interactive documentary specific to the affordances of the network. Hannah is specifically interested in how noticing, listing, and multilinear structures of documentary film practice perform the mess of the world. Hannah is a member of the nonfictionLab …

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by visiting U.K. academic Judith Aston. Interactive Documentary – a view from the inside Judith’s talk will show the trajectory that she has taken over the years, discussing the various projects that she’s worked on along the way. This will include videodisc, CD-ROM, installations and live performance. Throughout this time, a consistent theme in her work has …

In this masterclass Dr Judith Aston (University of the West of England’s i–Docs group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre) will consider what the principles of collaboration and embodied interaction are, and how apply to interactive documentary. The masterclass will build upon her recent reflections on interactive documentary (http://i-docs.org/2016/03/27/interactive-documentary-what-does-it-mean-and-why-does-it-matter/ ). Judith plans to use Michael …

From Franziska Weidle: From May 9th to 10th 2016, a student workshop on “Visual Anthropology and the work of David MacDougall” co-organized by the Department of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology and the Centre for Modern Indian Studies  took place at the University of Göttingen, Germany. In the panel discussion on “New Forms of Ethnographic Film: Contemporary …

From Francesca Rendle-Short: The first non/fictionLab salon spotlight was a triumph. Thanks so much for organising it, and if you missed it, you need to catch the next one. Thanks Julienne, Ronnie and Adrian for fabulous readings – they really were. I especially liked the fact that all three were works in progress. It is …

Via Julienne van Loon: Check out Copyright Agency Limited’s new funding arrangements for emerging and mid-to-late career writers. There are now two funds. ‘Ignite’ Career Fund offers early-career creators up to $5000 and the ‘Create’ Career Fund offers $10-20,000 for mid-to-late career creators. Each has two application rounds per year. The next round closing dates …

This weeks academic writing workshop concentrated on research tools and techniques. The workshop was divided between finding references, curating material, notetaking, and then writing. It was emphasised that the ‘research’ part was really the last bit, the writing, everything else was preparation for doing this research. (You can find all the references you like, make …

The first Docuverse Snapshots event took place on Thursday the 21st of April in the non/fictionLab’s Urban Writing House. The evening was a screening of work-in-progress expanded documentary projects by Nicholas Hansen, Karli Lukas, and Kim Munro. There were 20 people or so in attendance which allowed for discussion and questions after each presenter. Nicholas introduced, …

Welcome to the Urban Writing House – non/fictionLab’s new space for all things creative and scholarly. Premised on thinking through making, it houses residencies, workshops, dinners, intimate public readings, and one-on-ones – events that thrive in the wide border space between research, practice, and the city. This amazing space under Building 80 is very much …

Our first Docuverse presents SNAPSHOTS bi-monthly meeting is fast approaching. 6-7.30pm on Thursday 21st April at RMIT city. See poster attached, spread the word. RSVP to docuverse.symposium@gmail.com by 19 April. General audience welcome! To keep up-to-date with Docuverse events join our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/docuverse

Lab members, Jessica Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy, are visiting the University of California Berkeley from April 13-17. Jessica and Bonny will be presenting critical papers and poetry readings at a symposium, Active Aesthetics: Innovation and Aesthetics in Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics. The symposium is jointly convened by UCAL, UWS and Deakin, and features an …

Three PhD Students off to Montana

No, it isn’t the opening to some academic joke. The writing workshop that non/fictionLab runs has just scored three for three at this year’s Visible Evidence conference. Visible Evidence is the major international documentary conference (this year it is in Bozeman, Montana), and three PhD students (Hannah Brasier, Kim Munro, and visiting PhD Franziska Weidle) …

Writing Workshops 2016

Inspired by Julienne’s structured hot dollar workshops I’ve outlined a schedule for the next few months in the writing workshops. These are for creative, critical, playful, even conservative, ways of writing for academic (research) outcomes. What the industry refers to as Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) things. To be clear, in the non/fictionLab we …

Poetry Reading with non/fictionLab Visiting Poet, Stuart Cooke with Pam Brown (NSW) and Chloe Wilson emcee’d by Bonny Cassidy. The non/fictionLab’s annual Visiting Poets series continues in 2016 with Dr Stuart Cooke. During his residency at the City Campus and McCraith House, Stuart will facilitate several writers activities. On Sunday March 20 Stuart gave a reading of new …