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Workshop: Voice in Crime Writing

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Sisters in Crime NSW recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2023 Sisters in Crime NSW are partnering with Julie Janson a Burruberongal novelist and playwright of Darug Aboriginal Nation to present a workshop on the voice in crime writing.

During this interactive hands on 3-hour Crime Writing workshop you will participate in writing exercises, and group discussions on your own ideas and concepts with the guidance of the successful and multi-disciplinary author. Julie Janson’s recent crime novel Madukka The River Serpent, has received great acclaim and is the first crime novel published in Australia that has an Aboriginal detective and themes of Climate Action and saving the natural environment.

You do not need to be an experienced writer to join us for the day and we encourage Indigenous and culturally diverse individuals to join us. Lunch will be provided during the workshop.


Julie is a NSW Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal nation. Novelist, playwright, and poet. “Madukka the River Serpent” UWA Publishing, an Indigenous crime novel. “Benevolence” Indigenous historical novel - Magabala 2020 and HarperVia USA, UK 2022. Nominated for NIB Literary Award 2020, Voss Literary Award 2020, Barbara Jefferis Award 2022. New novel “Compassion” to be published 2024 by Magabala. She is co-recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize 2016, winner Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2019. Her career as a playwright of 10 plays began with productions at Belvoir St Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Sydney Opera House, USA and Indonesia.

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