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Coming up in 2023: workshops, mentoring, books

Here’s what I’ve got planned for 2023, along with some reflections on the year that’s been. As you read through, I hope you enjoy the three pages of images from manuscripts by Miles Franklin, Sylvia Plath and Ursula K. Le Guin. Every book begins as a draft, and these pages, with their crossings-out and crooked…

Join us, Sept 6. Spring 22 Writing Workshop.

Immerse yourself in what you love to do, and want to do more of, with me, one of Australia’s most outstanding teachers of creative writing and writing workshop leaders. Join a small group of 9 writers for this year’s Spring 22 Writing Workshop. The workshop offers 6 fortnights of online workshopping and feedback, and 7…

We Were Already Deep in the Song

This story is one I started a few years ago during a writing week at Varuna National Writer’s House. Some writer friends and I organised a week together there for focused writing and writerly conversations. The bush surroundings, the quiet of the place, and the more meditative experience of time passing really helped with the…

So you’ve finished your novel. Press Pause.

This week an emerging writer whose work I’ve seen develop over the past two to three years, emailed me to say she had finished writing the novel, and is keen to send it to an agent or a publisher. I’m really happy for her, because a full draft that’s been revised a couple of times…

Le Guin workshopped too

“I’m in a little group, eight of us.” Even in her last years, the great Ursula K. Le Guin was workshopping her writing. “I’m in a little group, eight of us, that write for each other and read to each other.” ursula k. Le Guin interview with John freeman, the boston globe I hope I’ll…

Autumn 22 Writing Workshop

13th April — 6th July This is an intensive series of online and zoom workshops that will encourage a regular writing practice, with each participant submitting a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2000 words fortnightly, for feedback and discussion. Our focus is on narrative in any style in the genres of novel,…

Salty Words

The Women’s Pool is out this month. Also in Nov—my SUMMER 21 WRITING WORKSHOP, from the 18th. Enrolments open now.

SUMMER 21 WRITING WORKSHOP

This is an intensive set of workshops to encourage a regular writing practice, with each participant submitting 500-2000 words (or equivalent for poetry) fortnightly, for feedback and discussion.

Get out of novel iso

The novel manuscript’s needs are great, and constant. Novels are anti-social creatures that don’t want you to share yourself with any other manuscript. You return to it again and again, but it invariably wants more hours from you. You love it, and hate it. When you’re together, you feel boring. Only occasionally do you feel…

From ‘scenelets’ to scene

A take-away from last week’s sessions had to do with gathering small scenes or sequences of incidents together into a more substantive single scene.

A night at the theatre

A homecoming. A picnic. A party. A leavetaking. Writing prompt.

The critical first, middle and last 10 pages

In the most recent of Writing NSW’s First Friday Club talks, hosted by author Ashley Kalagian Blunt, publisher Terri-ann White spoke about her new publishing venture Upswell Publishing. After publishing around 450 books at UWA Press, Terri-ann White has partnered with Black Inc. and Penguin Random House for representation and distribution in Australia and internationally.  Upswell’s first book will be out this August.…

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