Voice in Creative Nonfiction
with Sarah Krasnostein

10:00am
Saturday, 23 March

Beyond just tone or perspective, voice in creative nonfiction is the writer’s signature on a particular true story. It refers to the unique ways in which we understand our material and reflect that understanding back towards our readers. In this workshop, Sarah will work with participants to explore some of the many choices involved in the process of turning our messy and complicated selves into credible and original narrators of true stories.

The Unpredictable Plotter
with Toni Jordan

10:00am
Saturday, 6 April

Your novel-in-progress might have a fine voice and terrific characters, but what on earth is going to happen? A surprising and riveting plot is one of the best ways to keep your reader turning the pages. Plot shouldn’t be a creative afterthought: instead, it’s an intrinsic part of your manuscript, which interweaves theme, pace, character development and voice. Plot must have a relationship with the protagonist’s conflict, so Toni will begin by analysing your protagonist in depth. You’ll also unpick your theme, discuss genre conventions and decide on the nature and quality of your ideal ending

Mary Cunnane's Publishing School
with Mary Cunnane

10:00am
Saturday, 27 April

Mary Cunnane is a renowned publishing sage, having worked in the US and Australian industries for over 30 years. Join her for an in-depth exploration of how publishing works in Australia and internationally. Learn about agents and acquisitions editors, contracts, royalties and advances, foreign rights, publicity and marketing and the nuts and bolts of an effective book proposal/submission. The session will also feature a mock editorial/acquisitions meeting.

Crime Writing Masterclass
with Chris Hammer

10:00am
Saturday, 11 May

Join the author of unique rural crime noir blockbuster, Scrublands, for a journey into the elements of effective, gripping crime fiction. Get to the bottom of how to write compelling suspense and twists you’ll never see coming. Chris will also share his tips for bringing your landscape to life as an important ‘character’ in your story.

Romance Writing Rebooted
with Valerie Parv AM

10:00am
Saturday, 1 June

An unmissable event showing how to plot your romance novel so it works for 21st century readers. Both new and returning attendees will benefit from the writing skills Valerie shares. With enjoyable exercises and discussion, you’re guided through a plotting template to create up-to-date stories that flow. By day’s end you’ll have a two-page outline of your novel, useful as a selling document, cover blurb and guide when you sit down to write.

The Art of Memoir
with Benjamin Law

10:00am
Saturday, 15 June

Memoir can start as an essay or an article and develop to become the most satisfying thing you’ll ever write. To get you started, Benjamin Law will show you the techniques you need to explore your own experiences as well as develop your writing around people, places and events you remember. It’s important to remain true to your memory and still keep your readers engaged.

Writing Your Life
with Zoya Patel

10:00am
Saturday, 6 July

Join author and editor, Zoya Patel, for an immersive workshop on life-writing. How is memoir different from autobiography? And what do writers need to be prepared for when sharing their own stories?

In this workshop, participants will explore the different forms and formats of memoir, the craft of constructing a compelling story in narrative non-fiction, and the ethics of telling other people’s stories.

World Building
with Isobelle Carmody

10:00am
Saturday, 20 July

Join bestselling author Isobelle Carmody in this six-hour intensive on building compelling, original worlds. Learn how to flesh out your vision, and strike just the right balance between your descriptive content and the space left for the reader to do their own world-building. Relevant for writers of all genres, discover the secrets of creating vivid settings that ground your characters and captivate readers.

Writing the Body
with Lee Kofman

10:00am
Saturday, 3 August

One of the common ills affecting many fiction & creative non-fiction writers is our tendency to forget that people we describe have bodies, and to make use of this wonderful fact. In real life, all of us are embodied and everything we do, even our thinking, comes from, through and/or despite our bodies. In Writing the Body, learn to write in a way that not only pays attention to this central fact of human existence, but also uses the body as a source of inspiration.