Roanna is a highly experienced and much sought-after workshop facilitator and presenter. She aims to teach a decolonised syllabus, centering Indigenous Australian voices, and the work of writers from minority communities across the world.
She has taught in schools, at universities, and in communities for many years, in the areas of creative writing, media studies, and postcolonial literatures. She offers writing workshops for all ages and levels of writing experience.
She has conducted workshops for Sydney Writers’ Festival, Writers’ Victoria, UNSWriting, Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC Sydney), Wollongong Writers’ Festival, South Australia Writers’ Centre, Women’s Housing Company, and numerous workshops in schools and universities. She is currently a sessional Lecturer in Creative Writing at New York University in Sydney.
If you would like a workshop tailored to the specific needs of your school, workplace, community group, team-building program, festival etc, please contact Roanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @roannagonsalves
Sydney: April 6, 2019, Writing NSW, Rewilding the Short Story
Sydney: February 13, 2019, Society of Women Writers NSW
Sydney: February 2019, The Citizen Writes Project
Wollongong: Nov 24, 2018, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Register here: https://www.wollongongwritersfestival.com/event/workshop-rewilding-the-short-story-with-roanna-gonsalves/?instance_id=53
Melbourne: Oct 13, Writers’ Vic, Rewilding the short story
Sydney: Oct 3, UNSW, Rewilding the short story
“Loved the course. It’s not often you get the opportunity to write in a structured environment with so many fantastic activities and advice from someone who clearly knows what she’s talking about. The only negative is that I’m exhausted from writing so much, which isn’t really a negative at all. Thank you!”
“Workshop was excellent. Well-structured. Good time control. Good topics.”
“I really enjoyed the amount of writing we actually did. It was a writing workshop and it lived up to its name. The handouts and extracts were quite varied. I have a couple of texts that I would like to look up from them. It was a mixed group, but we were encouraged to interact and critique well. Altogether, I felt very welcomed and confident in this setting.”
“You are able to respond to people’s contributions in class in a way that highlights the strength of their contribution. It feels warm, inclusive, and authentic.”
“The practical techniques and structural methods were invaluable and I just know these are going to lift my writing to the next level. Your great facilitation skills brought out the best from the group as well.”
“Roanna should write more books.”
“Roanna is an energetic and engaging workshop facilitator. Some interesting concepts for revising and refreshing fiction were clearly discussed and practical exercises were great.”
“Really hands on. Also good that we have further reading.”
“You’re very relatable, warm, approachable. The pace is good – not too long, not too short on things.”
“Exercises developed each point and were then brought together and reinforced. Loved the exercises. Presentation was informative and manner was engaging.”
“Enjoyed your enthusiasm and knowledge, warmth and generosity.”