A free City of Port Adelaide Enfield writing event
We all have a story to tell, but how do we make sure readers will connect with our own? While some people will have remarkable life experiences to detail, others will need to be more creative to make their story stand out – and cut through the slushpile to get your manuscript into the hands of publishers.
In this workshop Kylie Maslen draws on her own experiences as a memoirist and author of Show Me Where It Hurts, to teach you to find the best angles within your story and marry those themes with broader context and experience. You will learn to structure and fashion your story into an engaging, empathetic narrative that readers can relate to, and in doing so begin to craft a memorable memoir they can’t put down.
Kylie Maslen is a writer, critic and the author of SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: LIVING WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Adelaide Review, Crikey and Junkee, among other outlets. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Kill Your Darlings New Critics Award, and her essay ‘I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Not Okay’ was longlisted for the Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction. She lives in Adelaide on Kaurna Country.
Coming to you on the fourth Wednesday of each month is Writers SA's ThinkTank. Get together with other writers in this informal space to discuss concepts, test plotlines, workshop a synopsis, and brainstorm and get feedback on your ideas in this fast-paced hour of creative construction.
*Free and welcoming for all but bookings are essential*
Are your daydreams filled with strange creatures, otherworldly characters, and haunting locales? Are your notebooks scribbled thick with ideas about odd magic, twisted tales, or “what ifs” that lead the imagination down weird and wonderful paths? Aimed at new and emerging writers, this workshop highlights the nuts and bolts of writing dark fantasy fiction, offering relevant tips, lots of writing exercises, and inspiration for novelists and short story writers alike. This full-day course will equip you with tools like world-building, characterisation, plotting, and research for the most unusual, enchanting, and unsettling fantasy stories.
‘It's remarkable how much goes on in Emma Viskic's award-winning novels. Busy is the least of it, and we're not just talking plot. The protagonist, fraud investigator Caleb Zelic, is deaf. He has a Slavic background, a Koori wife and a drug-addicted brother. The minutiae of streetscapes and locutions are precisely laid out, as are the subtle and not-so-subtle topographies of racism, sexism, ableism and other interpersonal landscapes. And then there are the police procedurals.’ ‘Her writing canters along between subtle and funny, lyrical and action-packed, emotionally moving and absolutely terrifying. There’s gore and there’s tenderness. There are psychological aperçus you want to write down and discuss with your therapist. And the plot twists are heart-stopping.’ Miriam Cosic, The Sydney Morning Herald
Great prose, action and characters can all fall flat if readers don’t care enough to keep turning the page. In this workshop with award-winning author Emma Viskic, expand your knowledge on one of the most important elements of writing a story, novel or memoir: creating that emotional connection your reader will remember for a long time to come.
We all have a story to tell. Journeys of trauma or heartache, of grief and extraordinary happenings, but how do you sum up your life or event and transcribe it to the pages of a book someone might one day read? How do you wrestle your emotions and your recollections and merge them back together if time has passed? How do you find the moral or lesson to impart and do you need to? Most importantly, how do you shape it in a way that pulls the reader in and won’t let them go until those final pages have been devoured?
From prose to post-publication, memoirist and author Kate Holden will walk you through the process of writing your memoir and will include firsthand advice on what to do after, and how to live with your truth being consumed by others.
What makes for a good kid's story and better still, amazing visual literacy? Do you need to draw a perfect picture to be a good storyteller? This workshop will introduce you to storytelling and character drawing.
Developing a love of literature and reading begins early with picture books. Captivating images that spark the imagination and stories with fun, moral, or social themes pull the reader into the story. Illustrators are often considered secondary to the author but they are very much a team and are occasionally both. A good author will leave room for the illustrator. A good illustrator will take the reader on a journey beyond the words.
A free City of Port Adelaide Enfield writing event
From Stella Young to Fiona Wright to Carly Findlay, writers with chronic illness and/or disability are and have been among Australia’s greatest storytellers. For presenter Katerina Bryant, writing her experience of illness has allowed her to find belonging in the history of hysteria. For her, writing is a powerful tool to express, as well as advocate, for change and acceptance. This workshop will explore how to craft a narrative, whether nonfiction or fiction, from the nuanced and immersive experience of living with illness and/or disability.
Katerina Bryant is a South Australian-based writer and PhD student at Flinders University. Her essays have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, 2018 Feminartsy Memoir Prize and 2019 The Lifted Brow and non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. Her first book, Hysteria, will be published by NewSouth in May 2020.
Term 3 dates: July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, Sept 4, 11
The Teen Writers Club is a place for young writers to make new connections, be inspired, and develop their writing. We provide a safe, fun and engaging program for passionate high school writers of all interests, ages and abilities.
The club meets on Saturdays during school term, and is guided by Writers SA staff, mentors and a guest teacher. The program is shaped by the interests of the group, and they’re supported to set and achieve their own writing goals.
We provide creative workshops, information on the industry and careers, mentoring, and the opportunity for support for school-based writing projects.
Continuing on in term three is Dan Thorsland, editor, writer, video and film producer, who contributed to Superwoman, Wonder Woman and Star Wars comic series when he worked for DC and Dark Horse.
Publishers of Australian literature and media outlets are always on the hunt for short, high-quality writing - both fiction and non-fiction. Publication of short pieces puts your work in front of the literary world, and can be a stepping stone to further success. But each publication has their own pitch and submission guidelines, and the process can be long and sometimes frustrating. Luckily, there are habits and strategies that can make the cycle of submissions easier, and perhaps even enjoyable!
Andrew Roff has been submitting short writing for several years, winning major prizes and gaining publication in a number of journals along the way. In this practical workshop, Andrew will share approaches for matching your work with the right outlets; querying; managing submissions; and building resilience. Participants will be ready to laugh in the face of rejection, pitch and submit with confidence, and move closer to your publication goals, whatever they may be.
Continuing on from the sold out session with Monica McInerney, Writers SA brings you suspense and thriller author, Tony Park, to share his top ten tips for writing at this in-person event.
Author of more than twenty books set in Africa, Tony Park spends his days creating riveting reads that have so much more than twists and turns and helicopter chases. There's political and social intrigue, but there's also the plight of the animals. Animals that are killed for their ivory, their skins, their organs and bones, all to be sold on the black market for trinkets, for superstition, or for 'medicines'. Park says, 'Research is the friend and foe of the novel writer. Get it right and your fiction will ring true – even to people who know what you’re writing about; but get it wrong and you’ll totally undermine your credibility among knowledgeable readers.'
Social media, author websites and marketing. It’s more important than ever for writers to think about our online presence – even before you've been published – in order to be discovered by publishers, agents, readers and fellow writers. Join literary sector leader KateLarsen to find out what options are available to use online, how to use different websites and platforms to your best advantage, and how to balance your writing time alongside the time you need to spend building your brand as a writer.
When writers work together, something magical happens, and Writers SA's Work Space is back in-person! Work Space is a physical place to get together with other writers and just write. Over the course of a day, we'll dig deep to hit those word count goals. Whether you're planning to write a novel in a month or get a neglected creative project back on track, this day is designed for you to carve out some hardcore writing time.
Writing a novel is often a lengthy and complicated process with an order of sorts. You've nailed the plot and your characters, written the first draft and then...edited it? There’s a lot of information and advice in publishing circles and author groups about the editing process but it's so much more than a proofread to catch missed words, bad grammar or incorrect spelling. There's copy, line and structural edits but what does each of those terms mean, in what order do they come? Can you do it yourself? Should you?
In this compact, informative session with experienced freelance editor Sumudu Narayana, we'll walk you through the role of an editor and their relationship to an author. We'll discuss the different levels of editing a manuscript needs and what an editor's purpose is — as well as what it isn't.
We'll focus energy on the elements of big-picture editing as well as giving you some tips that might help with the little things when you're penning those initial drafts like finding dead dialogue, superfluous words (just, was, really) and over-writing.
Discover what fills an editor with dread when they see it so you can hopefully avoid it, and ask your burning questions about how to become a better self-editor or how to hire a professional when you need to.
'Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly.’
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.
This workshop is for writers who plot, writers who pants it, and those who fall in between. Bring a fleshed out idea or a story plot that isn't working and learn the tools you need to join the dots from start to finish.
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.
There comes a time when every aspiring author will be asked by a publisher or agent if you have a social media following or online presence for your work. The best way to make yourself 'discoverable' online is with a professional website, so that you and your writing can be easily found by prospective readers, publishers and literary festival event bookers.
In this practical session, we'll use a simple (and free) web-hosting platform to build a professional website from scratch. All you need is an email address, a tablet or laptop, a few stock images, and any text you'd like to include.
Join owner/director of Adelaide production company Closer Productions, Rebecca Summerton, for an invaluable session on the process of bringing a book to life on screen. In this talk and live Q&A, learn about translating a manuscript into a screenplay and the film optioning process for novels and non-fiction. From producing, financing and distributing, Rebecca will guide you through the timeline from first option to a film's opening night – and share what can make your work appealing to film producers.
Drawing on personality theories including the Enneagram and the seven deadly sins, this workshop will explore how to develop dynamic, three dimensional characters.
Participants will learn what motivates the different personality types, how they respond to conflict and fear, and how the different types relate to each other. As each type has a virtue and a corresponding vice, we will discover how they behave when there is an inner battle between these opposing forces. The session will include a few short writing exercises to explore how the different personalities act when functioning well versus functioning poorly. This will provide an opportunity to show how characters can mature or degenerate over the course of a story.
Essays are a unique literary form with a particularly high tolerance for paradox and complexity – one of the many reasons to love them. The essay’s drama is that of a writer’s mind at work – thinking in real time, making unexpected connections, changing, doubting, entering unchartered waters. Or making space for a certain kind of noticing and witnessing that happens (for the most part) beyond and in-between words. Essays at their best look inwards and outwards at once.
Writers SA presents an on-demand workshop that you can watch in your own time for a short time. Two videos will give an overview of the traditional publishing model in Australia, and overseas, followed by some self-publishing options. You can then download the FAQ's and a spreadsheet with some handy details about which genres are best represented by Australian vs overseas markets.