Writing wrongs: the art of crossing over to 'unbite' the tongue

Francesca Rendle-Short

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

    Abstract

    In a new book about studio spaces and studio practice, Brisbane painter Joe Furlonger states: ‘The happy accident is probably my motto, I think the only way forward is by making mistakes, and I make plenty.’ If you sin once, you can sin again. In this article I am exploring this idea of ‘happy accident’ as it relates to writing a very particular and ‘rebellious’ Queensland story. How as an artist you begin to rely on these mistakes as a means of propelling yourself forward in your creative endeavours; how mistakes, even when they show you up in a not-so-good light, become a way of opening yourself up to the imagination and new possibilities. To write anything a writer must betray something. It is transgressive. It places you at the very juncture of risk. For any writer, collisions of this ‘oops-I’ve-made-amistake’ kind can be confronting, how more so for someone ‘mining the body’ for her material and direction. In this case, in writing a ‘return to Brisbane fiction’, there’s a chance of ‘making different’, transformation. In other words, autobiography/fiction as a reckoning, a ‘righting’. To reclaim self. Be with the body. Here find the tongue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe and is Papers: refereed proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP
    EditorsJenn Webb, Jordan Williams
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
    Pages1-13
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9781740882736
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventThe And Is Papers - 12th Conference of the AAWP - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 21 Nov 200723 Nov 2007
    http://www.aawp.org.au/publications/the-is-papers/ (Conference Papers - Peer review citation)

    Conference

    ConferenceThe And Is Papers - 12th Conference of the AAWP
    CountryAustralia
    CityCanberra
    Period21/11/0723/11/07
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    Tongue
    Art
    Mistakes
    Brisbane
    Accidents
    Fiction
    Writer
    Autobiography
    Artist
    Painters
    Queensland
    Motto

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    Rendle-Short, F. (2007). Writing wrongs: the art of crossing over to 'unbite' the tongue. In J. Webb, & J. Williams (Eds.), The and is Papers: refereed proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP (pp. 1-13). Canberra: The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).
    Rendle-Short, Francesca. / Writing wrongs: the art of crossing over to 'unbite' the tongue. The and is Papers: refereed proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP. editor / Jenn Webb ; Jordan Williams. Canberra : The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), 2007. pp. 1-13
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    Rendle-Short, F 2007, Writing wrongs: the art of crossing over to 'unbite' the tongue. in J Webb & J Williams (eds), The and is Papers: refereed proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP. The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Canberra, pp. 1-13, The And Is Papers - 12th Conference of the AAWP, Canberra, Australia, 21/11/07.

    Writing wrongs: the art of crossing over to 'unbite' the tongue. / Rendle-Short, Francesca.

    The and is Papers: refereed proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP. ed. / Jenn Webb; Jordan Williams. Canberra : The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), 2007. p. 1-13.

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