Some of my favourite words: mirth, coalescence, florin, extremity, lucid, population, facial, morose, whim, strop, perpindicular
Welcome to Liza Dezfouli's Writing!
Sun and Joy, 2014, Breslin Gallery, Melbourne
Festina Lente, 2007, Terminus Hotel, Melbourne
Marj's Torchbearers, 2006, Cromwell Road Theatre, Melbourne & 2006, Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne (Melbourne Fringe Festival and Victorian Seniors Festival) - with assistance from the The Victorian Seniors Festival and the City of Stonnington
Fat Chick, 2004, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne - with assistance from RMIT
(When Mr Wrong Feels So Right, 2015, Women Playwrights International Conference, Cape Town, SA - with assistance from the Copyright Agency
Truce, 2013, Mad Women Monologues, St Kilda Taproom
Chat to Your Fat, 2003 Short and Sweet, Newtown Theatre, Sydney, and 2003, Kaleide Kaleide Theatre, Melbourne (Snatches)
Underwire, 2006, Newtown Theatre, Sydney (Short and Sweet)
Sleeping Leeches, 2006, Newtown Theatre (Short and Sweet) and 2oo9, Kaleide Theatre (Snatches), and 2008, Melbourne Arts Centre (Short and Sweet)
My Little Oyster, 2006, Melbourne Arts Centre (Your Text Here) and 2006, Gasworks (Provocation) - with assistance from the City of Port Philip
Tarot of Sydney Road, 2008, Theatreworks (Walking Into Bars)
Monstrous Regiment, 2009, Kaleide Theatre (Snatches)
Lesbians of Northcote Walking Tour, 2008, Gasworks (Pink Shorts, Midsumma Festival), winner audience choice award
Waste Not Want Not, 2009, Kaleide Theatre (Pink Shorts, Midsumma Festival)
Phone Company 2005, Gasworks (Provocation - with assistance from the City of Port Philip), and 2009, Kaleide Theatre (Snatches)
Hit me up! Will write (almost anything) for cash! A speech dressed to impress? Some olde worlde rhymes? Moody dialogue for your short/feature film? Some deucedly effective advertising copy? Sharp and snappy website content? A press release? A thoughtful and pondering blog post? A love letter? Corporate video script? A wet-your-pants funny sketch? What about a structural edit before you submit your work? (Can do a copy edit too.)
Throw me a challenge. I won't try to reinvent the word but I'll help you find the right one. I used to teach creative writing (focusing mainly on memoir and the short story), I write plays, I've done a screenwriting course with The Australian Writers Guild, studied Professional Writing and Editing, I've worked as an arts journalist for many years (for the street press and for various arts/theatre websites and magazines), I've written reviews, blogs post, on toilet walls, I've written cover notes for CD's, copy for advertising and radio, comedy for performance, I've published short stories and articles and a whole pile of stuff. To read my blog about obsession, go here. To read my blog about me, go here. To read a couple of my articles, go here.
Years of freelance journalism plus training in professional writing and editing (I hold a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from Melbourne's RMIT) have given me experience in working quickly, meeting deadlines, being thorough in research and, most importantly, producing immaculate copy promptly. Marketing 101 says specialise, occupy a niche in order to create a 'brand' but I say yah boo sucks to that. I offer an eclectic range of literary and professional writing skills and an intensely creative approach to a wide variety of projects.
As well as being a writer, I'm a theatre reviewer who gets to see at least one play a week. I've performed on stage (most recently stand-up comedy and in a cabaret at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne), I've performed spoken word, acted in plays, but when I'm not writing, I'm happiest experiencing live performance. For a couple of my reviews, go here.
Published Short Stories and Awards
Sluice (1) full haus anthology, 2006 & Honourable Mention, The Big Write Off Short Story Competition, 2006
Underwire Visible Ink Anthology Contemporary Soul, 2005 & Commended/Shortlisted Daffodil Day Arts awards, 2004
Daddyo Visible Ink Anthology Undone, 2003
Milli's David Wildfire Magazine, 2002
Hot Property, Wildfire Magazine, 2002
Yeeha La Chaim Overland Online, 2001
The Interview Third prize, Wildfire Millenium, Short Story Awards Literary Competition 2000
Boadicea Highly Commended Daffodil Day Arts Award 2001
Les Femmes Au Cigarettes Wildfire Magazine, 2000
Scarface O’Malley winning entry Federation of Australian Writers Magazine mini award, June/July 2000
Pussy Willow Black Lace Anthology (UK), 2000 & Wildfire Magazine, 1999