Date(s) - 25 Mar 2013
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In the writing of memoir, memory itself is usually the writer’s first and best source. But research can play an important role in helping the writer to convey setting, historical context, and character. Drawing on her experience of researching and writing her memoir Ghost Wife, Michelle Dicinoski will discuss how research can not only enrich life narratives, but also fundamentally shape them. Ghost Wife is a memoir about same-sex marriage, belonging, and hidden histories, and it formed the creative component of a PhD thesis in creative writing. Michelle will discuss the historical research that fed into the memoir, and the research into tense and structure that formed the critical exegesis.
Michelle Dicinoski writes non-fiction and poetry. Her second book, Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance, will be published by Black Inc. in March 2013. Her poems and essays have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and journals including the The Best Australian Poems, The Australian, and Meanjin. Michelle completed a PhD in creative writing at the University of Queensland in 2010, and her first book, the poetry collection Electricity for Beginners, was published in 2011. She is the recipient of a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in poetry for 2012-2013, which has funded her travel to poetry events and residencies throughout New Zealand and Europe, with travel to the US still to come in 2013.