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The Long View

Sat 10 Sep, 3pm

Three of Australia’s finest long-form writers present a mini-masterclass on the medium. Offering insight into their own acclaimed work and careers, they share the secret to building intensity in a narrative, and how research and detail can bring a story to life. Walkley Award–winning writer and investigative reporter Mahmood Fazal; contributing politics editor of The Monthly and author of The Successor (a forthcoming biography of Lachlan Murdoch) Paddy Manning; and award-winning journalist and author Margaret Simons each deliver an address on mastering long-form writing, followed by a panel discussion with Kym Middleton.

Proudly supported by the Judith Neilson Institute


1 hour


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