Saturday, 27 February 2016

Prose Workshop: Meta Fiction with Helen Hagemann @ the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 4th March 1pm-3pm.  This workshop will look at the elements that make a work meta-fictional incl. the many variations. The class will read excerpts from meta-fiction by Debra Adelaide (The Women's Pages) and Thea Astley (Drylands). Writers will be given a long list of works to discover this genre for themselves, as well as 2-3 writing exercises. 
Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, Room 3
Time: 1-3pm
Cost:  OOTA $20  - NON-OOTA $25 (ask for membership form to save).


What is Meta Fiction?
 Meta-fiction refers to fictional works that draw attention to the fact that they are a work of fiction.

 
Metafiction is a literary device used self-consciously and systematically to draw attention to a work's status as an artefact. It poses questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually using irony and self-reflection. It can be compared to presentational theatre, which does not let the audience forget it is viewing a play; metafiction forces readers to be aware that they are reading a fictional work.

A guide to understanding meta-fiction.
    A story about a writer who creates a story
    A story that features itself (as a narrative or as a physical object) as its own prop or MacGuffin
    A story containing another work of fiction within itself
    A story addressing the specific conventions of story, such as title, character conventions,
    paragraphing or plots
    A novel where the narrator intentionally exposes him or herself as the author of the story
    A book in which the book itself seeks interaction with the reader
    A story in which the readers of the story itself force the author to change the story
    Narrative footnotes, which continue the story while commenting on it
    A story in which the characters are aware that they are in a story
    A story in which the characters make reference to the author or his previous work



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