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'Getting the Creative Juices Going', Student Writing Workshop - Anita Heiss (19 Sep 2017)

This was a practical workshop for UC Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander undergrad and postgrad students, where participants learnt how to overcome writer’s block through simple writing exercises.

Students focussed on using their senses and emotions while creating characters and settings. They also delved into short and long term memory as a means of documenting personal history. The techniques practiced in this workshop are equally important to both fiction and non-fiction writing.

This workshop was open to UC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only.


Dr Anita Heiss, UC CIRI / FAD Postdoctoral Fellow (Writing and Indigenous Studies)Dr Anita Heiss UC CIRI/FAD Research Fellow (Writing and Indigenous Studies)

Anita is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Aboriginal literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita is an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and an Ambassador of Worawa Aboriginal College.  Anita is a UC CIRI/FAD Postdoctoral Fellow (Writing and Indigenous Studies) and an Adjunct Professor, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney.

Anita also divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a 'creative disruptor'. Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards and is a Board Member of the State Library of Queensland. She currently lives in Brisbane.

Anita's latest book is Our Race for Reconciliation and she ran her first full marathon in July raising awareness and cash for the ILF