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  • ed Benjamin Jones and Mark McKenna 2013 Mark Tredinnick 1 We seem to me a people more than ready to leave home To take full imaginative possession of Read More Why Write Published Friday June 13 2014 Published In News An Early Thursday Morning Writing Credo Write what you don t know about what you do know James Galvin says Write your affections afflictions and addictions Write what always eludes you in what you love Write the Beloved in the world in yourself in your enemy in the dew Read More A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Published Saturday December 29 2012 Published In News My talk A Poet s Guide to Climate Change plays on Radio National tomorrow Sunday 30 December 2012 at 9 45 am Here s the link http www abc net au radionational programs ockhamsrazor a poet27s guide to climate change 4426198 You can read and download the transcript there after 30 December you can hear the talk by podcast Assuming the poles Read More Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes the Landscape flame and sing Published Tuesday December 04 2012 Published In News In June my poem Margaret River Sestets

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  • ed Benjamin Jones and Mark McKenna 2013 Mark Tredinnick 1 We seem to me a people more than ready to leave home To take full imaginative possession of Read More Why Write Published Friday June 13 2014 Published In News An Early Thursday Morning Writing Credo Write what you don t know about what you do know James Galvin says Write your affections afflictions and addictions Write what always eludes you in what you love Write the Beloved in the world in yourself in your enemy in the dew Read More A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Published Saturday December 29 2012 Published In News My talk A Poet s Guide to Climate Change plays on Radio National tomorrow Sunday 30 December 2012 at 9 45 am Here s the link http www abc net au radionational programs ockhamsrazor a poet27s guide to climate change 4426198 You can read and download the transcript there after 30 December you can hear the talk by podcast Assuming the poles Read More Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes the Landscape flame and sing Published Tuesday December 04 2012 Published In News In June my poem Margaret River Sestets

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  • them who doesn t want or think they ought to want to write their life story or someone s life story a novel a poem or two a film script The desire to write is close to universal And so I said on radio on the morning of the day in Newcastle when Read More A Peaceable Revolution Published Sunday May 18 2014 Label A peaceable revolution the republic we have to have First published in Project Republic ed Benjamin Jones and Mark McKenna 2013 Mark Tredinnick 1 We seem to me a people more than ready to leave home To take full imaginative possession of our selves Time to draw the world s longest national dress rehearsal to a close Time you d have thought to let our adolescence slide To get on with it You have to leave home to find home And a republic is the step so long deferred we have to Read More Cool Web Published Sunday May 18 2014 Label THE COOL WEB Empathy and emptiness prosody and place in the poetry of Judith Beveridge A critical meditation on Storm and Honey MARK TREDINNICK There s a cool web of language winds us in Retreat from too much joy or too much fear We grow sea green at last and coldly die In brininess and volubility Robert Graves The Cool Web Delancey had told me that the creek wasn t the place to get answers but that it would give me Read More The Lyric Stance Voice Place and the Lyric Essay Published Sunday May 18 2014 Label The lyric stance The lyric essay and how it may bring us home to who and where we are First published in Island 126 2011 Mark Tredinnick Teaching the stones to talk In an author note

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  • the craft of writing Educate is a word we take from the Romans for whom educare meant to lead forth or draw forth The good teacher through mastery of their subject through their passion and the force of their character or by the example of their own work or life draws forth from their students more of themselves than those students realised they owned more skillful work then or later and a larger capacity to think originally and to question entrenched and tired ideas The good teacher changes people to some degree so that their work in the area of that teaching can grow Some of teaching is about providing models and take home tips some of it s about explaining and exemplifying techniques and concepts most of it s about creating the atmosphere as Barry Lopez wrote of the storyteller once in which wisdom may arise This is what I believe and it s how without ever having thought about it too hard I am given to teaching Above all I teach by leading students to reimagine writing to think freshly and ultimately for themselves about their subject matter and their syntax and to write the book that only they can write the one spoken in that writer s unique true voice Be generous with the truth I found myself saying in my little red book and economical with how you tell it Most of us do it the other way round that is the art of politics Mean as much as you can in the fewest syllables that is the art of writing For twelve years since leaving book publishing I have taught courses in creative writing business writing and grammar Some of my workshops are public programs run through The University of Sydney s Centre for Continuing

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  • That s also why good writing is so hard and it s how if you follow me it ought to be hard Writing exactly what you mean without scaring anyone s horses as though you were an intelligent person talking clearly to another such person but doing it without the help of gestures and eye contact and tone of voice this takes both courage and technique it also cuts against many the things we thought we knew about business professional bureaucratic academic and other kinds of functional prose Writing expresses the conclusions our thinking led us to Here s another reason functional writing falters writers start writing before they ve stopped sometimes even before they ve started thinking writers write to discover rather than to articulate what they think So as I say in my red book arrive before you begin Good writing demands clearer thinking and its orderly expression Good functional writing should be soundly made elegantly voiced and astutely pitched My consulting work inevitably works at those three goals For the range of my consulting services in this area click here I also run tailored inhouse programs for The University of Sydney s Centre for Continuing Education CLIENTS Allen Jack Cottier Allianz Austrade The Australia Council for the Arts The Australian National Audit Office the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists ANZAP the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Boots Pharmaceutical Centrelink the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Charles Sturt University the Department of Energy Utilities and Sustainability NSW the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Commonwealth the Department of Housing NSW Energy Australia the Environment Protection Authority Harvey Norman Integral Energy IBM IMET ITC at the University of Wollongong Macquarie Bank Macquarie Generation Meyrick Associates Mission Australia NECG National Economics Consulting Group the National Office for the Information Economy the National Prescribing Service NSW Health the NSW Medical Board the NSW Parliament Pacific Publications Ramsay Health Ridley Agricultural Syntegra The Universities Admissions Board the University of Canberra Leadership Published Monday September 03 2007 For some years I ran a course called Leadership Organisational Culture in a masters program at The University of Sydney During those years I wrote widely gave keynote speeches and delivered workshops on leadership as I understood it I put that work aside in the late 1990s to work on my doctorate and a number of books In that time I have learned a lot about writing and I guess the world that has reawakened my interest and deepened my understanding about leadership As a result I am working on a book on the subject under the working title The Art of the Impossible Or Don t Just Do Something Sit There and I am delivering keynote talks and short courses built on the ideas that book explores Which are these Poets mythmakers songwriters and storytellers know things that political and organisational leaders that all of us could do with Poets and thinkers

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  • http www abc net au radionational programs ockhamsrazor a poet27s guide to climate change 4426198 You can read and download the transcript there after 30 December Read More Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes the Landscape flame and sing Published Tuesday December 04 2012 In June my poem Margaret River Sestets was announced as the winner of this year s Cardiff International Poetry Prize for 2012 http www literaturewales org news i 141526 The prize attracts entries from all over the world and Read More Whose common wealth is this anyway Published Monday December 10 2012 It seems we and the land we say we love so much dodged a bullet on Friday 7 December 2012 But only narrowly and possibly not for long The States of Australia want the Commonwealth to hand back environmental protection powers to Read More Not Even in Someone Else s Backyard Published Tuesday October 02 2012 Because coal seam gas mining is an unseemly idea anywhere in particular in the water catchment of the Warragamba because fracking is a violent extractive process because the miners claims about the benign impact of fracking on the watertable are implausible Read More Page

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  • is who one is what one reads is a large part of what one believes and has to say for one s self A large part of how one comes to know one s self and the world It is how one heals if one ever heals one s self and maybe someone else So you can see if you study my list how much of what I ve said here already is written under the influence of books at my elbows So be careful but not too careful what you read Read wisely maybe and widely and well And read slowly Start here with this anthology and start anywhere if you re trying to get your reading life back Start now before you re ready 4 SPEAKING OF THE PLENTIFUL IMAGERY OF THE WORLD The shape of a metaphor is the shape of wisdom And what do poems and stories speak if not metaphors What do they do if not tell the world slant The shape of a metaphor I m paraphrasing Jan Zwicky whose book as you know I have here along with several of her books of poems on my desk This thought of hers is shapely and alluring and elusive and she argues the case for it lyrically and convincingly in Wisdom Metaphor I want to borrow her line of thought here though for a minute for it makes the case for reading at another level entirely What you have to do to make meaning of a metaphor to work from the story to the moral to work from the simile to the thing itself without reducing either is what and it s a metaphor for what a human mind must do in order to be wise Wisdom isn t the same thing as expertise or knowledge It s bigger looser more poetic it s a way of seeing not a way of knowing for sure It has more humanity in it Those who think metaphorically are enabled Zwicky goes on to think truly because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world Think about that for a moment What one sees is a lot less than all one gets or might get if one slowed and wondered and practiced some curiosity How things seem is not all that they are it may not be what they are at all To get at the way the whole thing the Earth its human and non human cultures politics love weather sex mind works one has to leap intelligently and imaginatively from how things look to what they are or might once have been or are on their way to becoming One has to intuit the music for which one is given a note or two one has to read the love in behind the acts of petulance and hunger one has to work a little to find a Heaven in a Wild Flower but it s there The world trades it evinces its truths shapes itself in metaphor Zwicky suggests each thing offers not itself but an image of its truth its many selves Each thing in the world tells the truth but not the whole truth and it tells its truth slant to paraphrase Emily Dickinson This is how poems and stories work too of course they communicate metaphorically and indirectly and partially leaving a reader to imagine the ecosystem of which they are the indicator species the place for which they are a synecdoche Stories and poems therefore participate and involve readers in the singing the telling by the world of itself As I say in The Little Read Writing Book each sentence is an act of creation and a piece of creation They speak the way the world speaks By steeping us in metaphor and teaching us to think poetically and asking us to read the world and ourselves in it as if it were a story reading makes a reader wise or wiser And it helps a reader belong more deeply in a world that turns out to be much older and larger and stranger and wilder than who she thought till then she was 5 WIN THE PRIZE FORGET THE PRIZE Prizes tell us what we prize Literary awards value and honour literature the whole literary endeavour not just the works that win them The kinds of award that the fine pieces of work gathered in this anthology have won matter of course to the writers who win them too and in a negative way to the writers who didn t win Awards buy a writer writing time they help you believe you can write they set a writer s name in bold they italicise a poem or a short story or an essay there s a map and they put you on it I ve won prizes and they ve helped me in all these ways and I m grateful and somewhat astonished that these prizes have come my way and I don t believe I m going to start giving them back But not a single one of them has held my hand and helped me write a new poem That work always falls to the writer in her solitude in his self doubt Faith in yourself is easier to sustain for a while in the wake of a prize But that faith includes doubt the same old doubt and some new doubt that somehow you are a fraud and you ll never write another piece as good another piece at all again All faith should include doubt Writing like reading is about soul making and becoming And one is never there one is at best always on the way I heard Andrew Motion a poet who won a huge poetry prize quite early in his writing life a prize that launched him and bought him two years of downtime say recently that if you win a prize you should say thank you and know how lucky

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  • aspires to write wants to voice and leave behind The book you want to write I think is the book that only you can write the one told in the voice that tells you the unique ecosystem that is the life of your mind and memory this unique intelligence this unprecedented self in every phrase no matter what or whom it s about No matter what its subject no matter if it s memoir essay new journalism lyric or heroic poem or fiction And it turns out that such a book such a story unique in its telling if not in its tale such a poem touches a reader like no other kind of writing maybe like no other kind of art almost as though it was that reader s very own book written not only for her but by her Its singular voice becomes by the alchemy of story by an integrity of telling the reader s own singular voice its self her self Each original story is a proof of integrity a proof against anonymity each poem is a flame that refused to go out a silence that would not be kept That could almost be our own Beyond good storylines and great sex and shock horror and smart moves and wisecrackery and assorted cleverness this is why we read to know that we are not alone in our solitude To know that each solitude counts That each solitude counts uniquely In particular one s own How I write said Joan Didion somewhere is who I am Or it is who I think I am or am pretending to be or trying not to be And the point is that one s speaking voice one s way of talking on paper gives one s self away And the stories and poems that reach us and last are those that ring true those that go closest to escaping pretense That say I am and you are too in every phrase And if all this is even halfway true we could all take Hemingway s advice And this was my tip Never write anything that goes the way you ve heard it put before If it s been said it s been said those are no longer your words to utter and if you utter them they ll have nothing new to say and nothing to say in particular about you Your writing will be secondhand your voice will not be in it your poem will stay stuck on the page your story will roll over and go back to sleep taking your reader with it Resist all cliché that was Hemingway s tip and it was the one I thought to say on air Write everything fresh Make every phrase new Jill seemed to think that might be worth trying You want another one I asked Sure Never write to please anyone else Write to please yourself as William Faulkner put it another dead white American male admittedly but make yourself very hard to please The question is not who s listening what counts as Francine Prose puts it is who s talking Are you writing like yourself or as someone like yourself as someone more likeable perhaps Cooler More bankable IN HIS ESSAY Pain Won t Kill You a commencement address he made at Kenyon College in May 2011 Jonathan Franzen has some hard words to say about the manufactured selves we parade in the fast and narcissistic commerce of Facebook the liking that realm trades in and the superficial self serving banter one uses there to engender that liking and to write the movie in which one stars I may be overstating the case a little bit he concedes Very probably he goes on you re sick to death of hearing social media dissed by cranky fifty one year olds Subtract a year and this might be me talking But he doesn t come to trash he says he comes to speak a word for literature and love My aim here he says is mainly to set up a contrast between the narcissistic tendencies of technology and the problem of actual love To love someone or something is to be thrown back against who you really are it is to get over the addiction to being liked it is to find out that you are not or not always the likeable cool dude you would like the world to think you are To love is to dedicate yourself to someone or something not in truth capable of being liked all the time To love in the actual world is to become real it is to engage with the real paradoxical multiple contradictory world And so it is with writing which for Franzen as for me is like love in what it costs and what it yields in its practice and its texture If you re moved to return the gift that other people s fiction represents for you Franzen goes on alluding to another reason many people write joining the conversation other books start us on you eventually can t ignore what s fraudulent or secondhand in your pages To write as to love is not to consume the world from a safe distance or to package yourself and sell it to the world It is not to like the world or to ask it to like you back To write is to become who you really are by stages it is to let the world be what the world is To write is an act of love and like love it hurts and like love it heals It s not about you but it does remake you and in every word you speak the poem you make the story you tell the landscape you lovingly draw you speak who you are or who you are becoming How does writing hurt and how does it hurt like love There s the risk of rejection There s rejection

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