Come to the 2017 Experimental Non-Fiction Workshop!



In the lead-up to the May 29 submission date for The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab’s Prize for Experimental Non-fiction, we are running a seminar focusing on the histories and practices of experimental non-fiction writing.

This event is geared towards writers of all levels of experience who are seeking to engage more deeply with the form. It will be led by long-time Brow contributor Rebecca Harkins-Cross.

The event will take place in Melbourne for writers to attend in person.

We will also record the audio of the event – if you are interested in receiving this audio after the event with a PDF of any presentation materials, do email us so we can put you on the list. There will be a small fee for this (waived for subscribers and RMIT students).

The lecture and discussion will give an introductory historical overview of the genre, and will look closely at the work of several contemporary practitioners and how they interpret the form.

We are enthusiastic to meet those already working in this genre, to assist new writers to harness experimental techniques and ideas within their practice, and we welcome those who are simply curious.


Sunday May 21, 2017

RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus
Building 9, Level 2, Room 10A
(Building 9 is on the corner Franklin and Bowen Streets.)

Free for The Lifted Brow subscribers and for RMIT students, $15 otherwise. (You can subscribe here.)

Please email to reserve your spot. Include in your email your name, a mobile phone number, and know whether you are a subscriber or if you will be paying. (We will let you know how to transfer us the money if you are paying.)

Places are limited, so please book early.

We particularly encourage people who are queer and/or trans, and/or of any race, colour, religion, gender, age, and/or have a disability, to attend — and to that end, we have reserved some free places in the workshop for writers with diverse identities. Please just let us know. Additionally, if you are experiencing any kind of hardship, financial or otherwise, contact us and we’ll do what we can to accommodate you.

Please direct all queries to



  • An introduction to experimental non-fiction as genre and practice. Topics include the divide between fiction/nonfiction, the relational nature of experimentation, the intervention of the writer as body and subject, and the impact of disciplines other than literature on contemporary non-fiction practices.
  • Close readings of several writers working within the genre, including Maggie Nelson, Anne Carson, Sophie Calle, Hilton Als, and John D’Agata.
  • Questions and discussion
  • Small writing exercises integrated throughout


Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based writer and critic. She is currently the film editor for The Big Issue, film columnist for The Lifted Brow, and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University; she is a former theatre critic at The Age. Her work focuses on arts and culture, and has appeared widely in newspapers, magazines and journals across Australia. She has conducted writing workshops, hosted panels and appeared as a guest speaker at writers centres, universities, high schools and writers festivals including Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival and National Young Writers Festival. In 2015 she took part in the Disquiet International Literary Conference under the mentorship of US essayist Leslie Jamison and was named one of 30 Writers Under 30 by the Melbourne Writers’ Festival; in 2014 she was a finalist for the Scribe Prize and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. Her work has been awarded several times by the Australian Film Critics Association.