Writers’ Workshops

Upcoming Melbourne workshops in 2019

Poetry Inspiration and Craft
Saturday 6th April 9.30am – 4.30pm

This full-day workshop will provide both writing opportunities and focused, intensive strategies for revision of your poems. We will use several writing exercises to get words flowing, and then work on at least two poems of your choice by providing a range of methods to tackle strong revising.

You do need to be writing poems or have written in the past – this isn’t a workshop for complete beginners. You should bring a notebook and at least two of your poems that you want to revise (but not poems that you think are ‘finished’).

Tea, coffee and snacks provided – BYO lunch.
Venue: St Josephs by the Sea conference venue, 16 Esplanade, Williamstown (a few minutes walk from Williamstown station), lots of free street parking.

Cost: $88 incl GST. Limit of 12 places.

Book via TryBooking – https://www.trybooking.com/BANEO .

Picture Book Intensive Weekend
3pm, Friday 3rd May – 1pm, Sunday 5th May

This weekend intensive is aimed at children’s writers who have completed at least three picture book texts (but you do not have to be published). You will need to submit one text for workshopping.
The weekend is limited to 10 people.

The weekend will include the following:
·        intensive discussion and analysis of several contemporary picture books, with the purpose of learning how a text may be constructed, what role illustrations can play, what is currently being published and why, what more we can learn from reading as a writer
·        inspirations for stories – where to find ideas, what ‘originality and freshness’ mean, how to develop a list of potential ideas
·        a master class workshop where every participant will have their story read and will receive group feedback as well as comments from the teacher
·        a professional discussion of the current market for picture books, opportunities and issues, trends and things to avoid, professionalism

This workshop will begin at 3pm on Friday 3rd May and conclude at 1pm on Sunday 5th May. Limit of 10 places.

 Use Trybooking to book and pay https://www.trybooking.com/BAXYA

Conditions of attendance:

  • you must attend for the whole weekend
  • you must submit a picture book text to me by Friday 26th April
  • you must print out all of the picture book texts emailed to you, read them and make your comments and bring them on the weekend

These all do require a commitment of preparation before the weekend but is very important to make sure everyone fairly benefits from the workshopping.

You are also asked to bring one picture book for the Friday night discussion that has been published in the past ten years (not a movie or TV show-related book, or a merchandising book, please). It would be good if you brought something you think is innovative or pushing the ‘boundaries’.

Cost: The fee for the weekend (discussions, analysis, writing class work, professional lecture and workshopping) is $299 (incl GST).

Venue and accommodation
St Josephs by the Sea conference venue, 16 Esplanade, Williamstown (a few minutes walk from Williamstown station), lots of free street parking.

There is accommodation available at the venue (six large, very nice single rooms with en suite bathrooms). The cost for this ($230) is separate from the cost for the weekend. Limited to six people.

The accommodation is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Other participants can stay locally, or they may live locally (i.e. within a short or manageable driving distance) and not require accommodation. It’s your choice – staying over is not mandatory (but it is fun!).

Accommodation includes breakfast. For the weekend meals, I will supply Friday night light dinner and two lunches (if you have specific dietary requirements, you will need to bring your own food, sorry – I can offer a small discount instead on the cost). On Saturday night we will eat out at a local restaurant at your own cost (it will be affordable!).

The weekend is limited to 10 people (6 residential).

Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BAXYA.

writersI am also planning to run writing and editing courses on Teachable.com in 2019.

If you are interested in studying writing online, Victoria University Polytech in Melbourne (where I work part-time) offers a range of Certificate IV writing and editing subjects online.

These include Novel, Short Story, Writing Picture Books and Chapter Books, Writing for New Media, Editing, Fiction and Nonfiction Elements.

For more information, email me at Sherryl.Clark@vu.edu.au


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