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*
Long before crime labs and DNA tests, magistrates in China were applying a methodical and forensic approach to crime-solving. From investigating a scene to interrogating witnesses, this talk features documented case records and forensics manuals to highlight techniques and approaches used in imperial China to catch wrong-doers. Join Jeannie Lin, bestselling author of the Lotus Palace mystery series, for a fascinating journey into historical Chinese investigation methods as well as insights on how to weave intricate research details together to create vivid settings, characters and plot.
Term 2 dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 19 and 26 (no meeting the June long weekend)
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 two 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.
We're pleased to introduce you to a new series of sessions based on technique tips for the craft of fiction writing. These bite-sized workshops will aim to not only teach you a few technical writing tips but will also include exercises to ensure you understand what you've learned so you can put it into action when you're working on your creative practice.
Tense & Point of View: How to choose what’s right for you!
In this workshop, participants will explore the dark and murky world of noir and crime with a focus on strong female characters. With a look into the history of women as active protagonists in crime stories, we’ll deconstruct some classic stories from Bluebeard (1697) to Rebecca (1938) to Gone Girl (2014) and look at the way these stories reflect the cultural experience and anxieties of women at the time. As well as twisty plots and characters with dark flaws, we’ll have a look at some classic elements of place and setting and how they can be freshened and subverted.
with Michael Bollen in conjunction with Wakefield Press (in-person)
Join Wakefield Press publisher Michael Bollen as he explains the historical and history publishing markets at this in-person event. Whether you’re interested in writing your own family history, tales of a real-life person, or historical fiction of any era, there are processes to follow, rules to learn (and possibly break) and trends to know.
We’ll also discuss resources and opportunities for writers who are looking to collaborate with those who want their own stories told. Following this event, some participants will have the opportunity to pitch their book or proposal to Michael for consideration*.
The best series are the ones that grip you until the final page is turned--but how do you write a great book series? Using techniques drawn from the best in fiction and screenplay, this course will go through the key stages of writing a multi-book series. Learn how to plot and structure across multiple books. Set up long-term plot and character arcs. Create a series bible to track information. And get practical techniques for how to sustain interest and suspense over multiple books.
with Matthew Tucker (Creative Crunchers QLD) (online)
Most established creatives already have a go-to number-cruncher or system in place but since Adelaide doesn't really have a dedicated firm for writers and artists, we're bringing the knowledge to you! Join Matt from Creative Crunchers for this informative session and arm yourself with everything you need to ensure you're making the most of your returns every year. Whether you're already in the publishing or creative game, breaking out, or looking to be paid for your very first piece of writing, get the ins and outs on deductions, GST, claims and so much more.
You may even be able to claim this workshop on this year's return!
*This workshop will be held on the 29th May 2021 at Parwana Kitchen*
A workshop with Durkhanai Ayubi: Unmasking: Writing for Transformation
Writing is a process that carries with it the power to be personally and socially transformative. Writers are those in the public domain who, through their craft, can help push society’s consciousness into areas that are omitted, distorted, or appropriated according to the norms of power.
As an author of a recipe book (Parwana) from a region of the world that has for so long been neglected and ‘othered’, Durkhanai Ayubi’s writing process was driven by a desire that transcends conventional norms. ‘I was determined to dig into my own depths, to pry into socially sanctioned eviscerations, and to explore how the interplay between personal identity and social norms shape our collective realities and places limits on notions of equity. My intention was to write to unmask – to offer a narrative that elevated once more the so often-neglected elements, such as interconnections and alternative forms of cultural knowledge, that form the basis of the human story.’
with Aislinn Kearns (in-person - restricted to 16 participants)
Self-publishing a novel is a daunting prospect for most people and exciting for others but where do you start? The internet offers a wealth of conflicting information, fast-paced videos and terms you’ve never heard before so how do you wade through it all and start getting eyes on your story?
Join us for a Self-publishing Intensive, a step-by-step eight-week course with author Aislinn Kearns covering everything from book covers to formatting to marketing. By the end of the program, those with an edited book ready to go will have loaded it to Amazon’s KDP and Ingram Spark (if you’re looking for print). If your manuscript isn’t quite ready, you can set up a pre-order to give yourself a deadline to aspire to. Get guidance, advice and practical tips but most importantly, get walked through the process from zero budget DIY to let’s break the bank, I’m all in!
If you’re not quite ready to hit publish on your story, that’s okay! You can still come along and learn, take notes, and soak up the information for when you are ready.
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.