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On writing, reading, and life

The classes are for writers of fiction and non-fiction in short stories, novellas, or essays

Bruce Russell (pictured at right) will present a series of five classes in creative writing at Mattie Furphy House for the Out of the Asylum (OOTA) Writers’ Group.

The classes, entitled Writing, Reading and Life, are for people who want to develop their writing skills, whether it be as fiction writers or creative non-fiction writers.

The classes will be between February and June on the first Thursday of each month, from 10am to 12pm, starting on Thursday 2 February.

The remaining classes will be on Thursday 2 March, 6 April, 4 May and 1 June.

Cost per class is $25 for OOTA members or $30 for non-members.

Pay in cash at each class. 


The focus of the classes is to encourage people who want to write to complete, to their own satisfaction, at least one piece of writing in the form of either a short story, an essay in creative non-fiction, or a novella. As inspiration, each

month will focus on an aspect of language and representation.

The aspects will be: 

  • Writing the material world

  • Writing the natural world

  • Writing the built landscape

  • Writing relationships; and 

  • Writing the psyche

To register for the classes please email, and to find out more about Dr Russell please visit

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