Discover how to best tell your story in these two writing workshops. Whether you are writing a memoir, short story or a novel, learn about style and strategies to improve your writing.
Where: Sunbury Youth & Library Centre.
51-53 Evans Street,
Who: Ages 15+
When: Saturday 27 July & 24 August
Both sessions are required
Bookings 9356 6970 or www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au
Workshop 1 – Laying the Groundwork. Character, setting, research. How do we make optimum choices when beginning a fiction or memoir project? Which perspective and character POV ‘point of view’ will strengthen – or limit – the scope of your work? How do you achieve the right tone and pacing for a suspense novel, versus a romance or a memoir?
Workshop 2 – Plotting workshop – Goal, motivation, conflict. Every protagonist – in fiction and non-fiction – is motivated to achieve a clearly defined goal, which drives the narrative. In this session, we use laminated cut-out characters and settings to explore a character's outer vs secret or inner motivations. Knowing this helps you tease out the theme, or themes, of your story, which will, in turn, help you strengthen the work as a whole.
Just as some background to the class, there will be a couple of in-class writing exercises where we layer techniques and, later, discuss. However, I never ask anyone to read out their work.
These are three of the seven volumes of memoirs I’ve self published on my father’s behalf using a hard cover version through Ingram Spark.
Here are some paperback copies of my novels that I formatted and self-published using Ingram Spark so that they are available from the Book Depository, libraries and bricks and mortar bookshops worldwide.
A sample of the interior of a self-published book using Ingram Spark.