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BLIND(cite) What is social writing, reading, thinking?

Sally Olds

8 Oct–11 Nov 2021

This three-part workshop poses the question: what is social writing, reading, and thinking in the essay form? It starts from the premise that the essay is a social, leisurely form with a social, leisurely history. Our readings, discussions, and writing will revolve around concepts of leisure, class, production, luxury, sociality, collaboration, gossip, and intimacy.

Week one looks closely at the craft, form, and history of the essay, with an emphasis on its communal, collaborative iterations. In week two, we focus on social writing: when researching and writing people, scenes, interpersonal dynamics, and communal life, what tools are at a nonfiction writers’ disposal? Week three, on class, explores themes of wealth, luxury, and excess

Each workshop will consist of mini-lectures from the convenor, Sally Olds, as well as from guests working with these concepts and techniques. We will spend time talking about readings, and learning and practicing social writing and research. Over the three weeks of the course, participants will produce a short text that responds to the workshop’s themes, and that draws on ways of researching and writing introduced throughout.

This workshop series will be fully online and is open to anyone living in so-called Australia. Workshops are intended to be social and welcoming, rigorous and low pressure. All who are interested in the ideas and approaches listed here are invited to apply.

Dates:
27 Oct, 7-9 pm
3 Nov, 7-9 pm
10 Nov, 7-9 pm

*Please note, places are limited and applicants must be available to take part in all three sessions.

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Applications close midnight, 15 October 2021.

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Overview

Expressions of Interest are now open for BLIND(c)ite: 'What is social writing/reading/thinking?' with Sally Olds.

This three-part workshop poses the question: what is social writing, reading, and thinking in the essay form? It starts from the premise that the essay is a social, leisurely form with a social, leisurely history. Our readings, discussions, and writing will revolve around concepts of leisure, class, production, luxury, sociality, collaboration, gossip, and intimacy.


workshop 1: 27 Oct 2021, 8am
workshop 2: 3 Nov 2021, 8am
workshop 3: 10 Nov 2021, 8am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.