Welcome to Annette Marfording’s website and her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors, which was published in 2015. It features 21 in-depth interviews with Australian writers and has received great acclaim among general readers, aspiring writers and writing teachers. Go to Celebrating Australian Writing to find out more. 

About Annette

Annette has been a voracious reader all her life. From her father she learned that language could be powerful, language could be beautiful and language could create music when it had rhythm. From her father she learned the importance of morality and ethics and through the books he gave her she learned empathy, justice and equality – books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and many more. Learn more

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Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors

Response to Celebrating Australian Writing:

Recently, as I was preparing for a memoir writing class I was to teach, I re-read some interviews from Annette Marfording's wonderful collection 'Celebrating Australian Writers'. I was struck again by the wealth of insights in this remarkable book where she interviews such amazing people as Robert Dessaix, Peter Goldsworthy and Charlotte Wood.

I've always been an avid reader of interviews with writers and I'm not easy to impress, but Marfording did impress me a lot with her fierce intelligence and skilful immersion in the works of the writers she interviewed. The depth and particularity of her questions, the broad comparative perspective and her attention to style as much as to content are all admirable. A great resource for writers in my view.’

Lee Kofman

Blog Posts

LEARNING FROM MARGARET MAZZANTINI
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Learning from Elena Ferrante: The Neapolitan Novels
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THE RESTORER: LEARNING FROM MICHAEL SALA
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Salt Creek: A blueprint for writing compelling historical fiction
Salt Creek is an extraordinary example of compelling historical fiction. It is no surprise that debut novelist Lucy Treloar and[...]

Latest News

Bookings for Fiction Writing course open on 1 July
Bookings for my Fiction Writing course at Camp Creative in Bellingen 8-12 January 2018 open on Saturday 1 July. Felt privileged[...]
Whispering Gum reviews some of my interviews
A great series of blog posts on Whispering Gum, reviewing some of my interviews in Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with[...]
My review of Here Where We Live
My latest book review is of Here Where We Live by Cassie Flanagan Willanski, a short story collection which won[...]
My top read of 2016: read my review
My top read of 2016 was Griffith Review 54: Earthly Delights: The Novella Project. Find out why!
Four of my top reads in 2016
For four of my top reads in 2016, read Year's Best Reads 2016 in Sacred Trespasses.

Events

Fiction Writing
Camp Creative in Bellingen 8-12 January 2018

Teaching

8-12 January 2018: Learn how to Write Fiction
Enrolments for my 5 day intensive workshop as part of Camp Creative 2018 in Bellingen will open in mid July[...]

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