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Ethical storytelling workshop

Many people write other people’s stories: family historians, advocates wishing to be a voice for the voiceless, charity employees writing success stories to pull in donor dollars.  What ethical questions arise when writing these kinds of stories, and how might one answer them?

This workshop with May-Kuan Lim will examine ethical questions around representation and work through exercises in good practice. You’ll be part of a discussion on issues such as:

  • Should this story be told (is there equally a time for forgetting as there is for remembering)?
  • Should I be the one telling this other person’s story?
  • How to hold a genuine conversation.
  • How to minimize the risk of plunging interviewee into re-trauma.How to shape the story not only according to the writer’s agenda, but to the interviewee’s lived experience: nothing about me without me.

To write well for another is to exercise empathy, integrity and sensitivity.

Date: Monday 18 February, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 3:00 pm
Venue: Jervois Room, State Library of South Australia
Cost: $90 per person per day or $60 for OHA members/students/concession card holders*.
Morning tea is provided but not lunch.
Payment must be made in advance to confirm your place.
*Concession cards include cards issued to the unemployed or pensioners, but not the seniors card.

Register online here.

Payment is required in advance to secure your place:

Direct Credit banking details:                             Other Payments please forward to:
Bank: National Australia Bank (NAB)                        The Treasurer
BSB: 085436                                                                          Post Office Box 3113
Account No.: 129312048                                                     Unley  SA  5061
Please add your surname w/shop

Bookings essential. Please book online here.

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