Beginnings and Endings


August 28th, 2021 10:00 AM — August 28th, 2021 4:00 PM



August 28th, 2021 10:00 AM — August 28th, 2021 4:00 PM


Beginnings are hard, and endings can be elusive, but one cannot exist without the other. Never letting go of the thread, the vital connection between the first scene and the last, is what makes a story complete and unforgettable. Through a series of brainstorming sessions and critical writing exercises, award-winning author Vikki Wakefield will take you through the steps needed to create a compelling beginning, find connections throughout your story, build the tension in the middle, and learn how to lay the trail that will lead you to a satisfying conclusion.

'Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly.’

A workshop for plotters and pantsers both, all you need for the day is your fleshed-out idea or a story that just isn't working. This is an opportunity to open up fresh possibilities by ‘seeing’ your story differently, to find clarity, direction and renewed passion as you progress to the next stage of your work and learn the tools you need to join the dots from start to finish.


Participants explore:

  • Compelling beginnings (what to put in and what to leave out)
  • Understanding style, tone and purpose
  • The unspoken contract between writer and reader
  • True conflict: character vs. plot
  • Mapping the middle
  • How perfect beginnings reveal perfect endings
  • Endings (why they work and why they don’t)


This workshop is for writers who plot, writers who pants it, and those who fall in between.


This event has a strict cap on numbers due to Covid-19 venue regulations. You must purchase an individual ticket for every person intending to come to the workshop. Unfortunately no exceptions can be made. (Vikki's last workshop for Writers SA sold out so get in early!)

Writers SA will continue to adhere to all government advice related to the pandemic. This means our physical workshop locations could change or move online, if necessary. If health advice changes and alters the delivery of this session, ticket holders will be notified immediately.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Registrations will close 4pm on the Friday prior to a weekend event and 5pm the day of for an evening event to ensure all participants have the relevant links and information during Writers SA business hours.

—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact [email protected] with your membership number to make your booking.




About Vikki Wakefield

Vikki Wakefield writes realistic fiction for Young Adults. Her work is distinctly Australian with a touch of magical realism, exploring coming-of-age, family, class, relationships, and the lives of contemporary Australian teens, and includes award-winning novels All I Ever WantedFriday BrownInbetween Days and Ballad for a Mad Girl. Vikki lives and writes in Adelaide, Australia. This Is How We Change the Ending is her new YA novel (available September 2019).


Members $120/ Non-members $180

Venue: UniSA City West Campus, Level 5 / Room 15, Sir George Kingston Building




Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on August 27th, 2021 4:00 PM

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