Malouf discusses creative writing with ACU students
Award-winning author David Malouf led a discussion with ACU’s first year Australian literature students at the University’s Strathfield Campus – and shared some valuable insights into his creative writing process.
Malouf has written 34 works over the past 38 years – including novels, short stories, poetry collections, non-fiction, Liberetti and a play. When asked what motivates and inspires him to write, Malouf said that he almost never has a plan.
"Writing is the business of learning how to manipulate words. Words are sensory and that is what you try to make real to the reader," said Malouf.
ACU Associate Professor of Literature and Language, Michael Griffith, said the students were fortunate to listen to Malouf’s unassuming account of the creative process.
"David spoke of his craft in terms that were almost sacred, of a process that subtly attunes writer and reader to the deeper meaning behind experience. Indeed, both the novels being studied at ACU, ‘Fly Away Peter’ and ‘Remembering Babylon’, are powerful parables that can have a transforming impact – leading to a taste of truth in our complex, often irrational world," said Professor Griffith.
The students have been completing a course of study which links the visionary poetry of William Blake with the fiction of David Malouf and Patrick White. The seminar was a valuable opportunity for the students to gain a deeper understanding of Malouf’s texts from the perspective of the author.
Malouf has had a long-term connection with ACU. For the last decade he has engaged with Associate Professor Michael Griffith’s Australian literature students at Strathfield and also met with ACU students who are part of the Clemente Australia Program at Surry Hills.
In May this year, the Faculty partnered with the Association for the Study of Australian Literature to present a Symposium devoted to the celebration of David Malouf and his writing – a precursor to his 80th birthday in 2014.