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Writers Weekend

The Preoccupation

Totems, Motifs and Metaphors in Narrative Non-Fiction with Mok Zining

The Preoccupation Sat 24 Feb Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia $40
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Sat 24 Feb at Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia, from $40

Presented in association with Writing WA

Is there something that has captivated you for a while? Do you know too much about trains, pandas or orchids? Is there an issue that gets you fired up, a period in your life that’s been circling in your thoughts, or a place that haunts you?

In this workshop, you will explore various ways to turn our preoccupations into writing through two writing exercises with international author Mok Zining (The Orchid Folios).

Mok Zining is obsessed with random things: orchids, arabesques, sand. The Orchid Folios (Ethos Books, 2020) is her first book. Her work has appeared in Witness MagazineThe Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Zining is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, where she taught creative writing. She has received a number of awards, including the College of Liberal Arts Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, the Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature, and an honorable mention from the Academy of American Poets’ James Wright Prize. Zining lives in Singapore, where she is working on a book about sand. She spends most of her free time dancing.

Time & Location

Sat 24 Feb

2pm Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



    • General Admission: $40

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