A good way to get started writing is to start with short stories. Most writers started this way. To help you with this we are running a series of 2-hour workshops covering all the technical aspects of writing that you will need to excel.
These workshops will help you no matter what you are writing. The first workshop is on a subject that confuses most writers: Point of View.
INTRODUCTION TO SHORT SHORY: The course will introduce writers to the craft of short fiction. We will be examining the structure that makes a short story powerful.
Topics covered will be:
Week one: Wednesday, January 31st - 10am to 12.30pm
Point of view: New writers are often baffled when trying to choose a point of view for their stories and novels. In this workshop will look at the pitfalls and benefits of them all and help you discover the right one for your story.
Week two: Wednesday, 7th February - 10am to 12.30pm
Plotting, Themes and Setting: In a short story you don't have many scenes to tell your story so plotting those scenes carefully is vital. Succinct and interesting setting description will transport your reader to the world of your story. We will examine the way we can use setting to add mood to the story.
Week 3: Wednesday, 14th February -10am. to 12.30pm
Realistic and Engaging Characters: Characters make the story. Many characters in short stories are flat. They don't have to be that way. We will look at ways to make them believable and memorable even though you have limited words to introduce them.
Week 4: Wednesday, 21st February - 10am to 12.30pm
Rising tension and A twist in the tale: What will make your reader stayed glued to the pages until the end? Tension. We examine the six key things that will help you achieve that.
This is a practical, hands-on course where writers will be experimenting with different ways to use each element. You can book for all or just the subjects that interest you.
Format: Course for beginners
Where: Gondor Writers’ Centre, 19 Caloundra St, Landsborough.
Cost: $40 per day or $140 for all workshops. Book online: http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/introduction-to-short-story.html
What else is new? Exciting new workshops by guest presenters plus much more. See below.
Kick start your 2018 writing journey with a Writers' Boot Camp February 23rd, 24th and 25th.
These 2 plus days of intensive workshops, and a manuscript appraisal and interview will help you get on track for an exciting year of writing success.
Start your writing year off the right way. They will get you writing and help you shape your work-in-progress into an exciting narrative.
Prerequisite: Please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript for an appraisal so I can let you know what you need to focus on during the weekend. Manuscripts must be in by February 10th. Book before February 3rd and receive a 10% discount on fees.
Turn that work-in-progress into a masterpiece. This 2 + days of workshops and interviews takes you through all the things a publisher’s editor will be looking for and helps you polish the story till it shines.
Accommodation is available if required.
This is a hands-on course for all writers. You will be working on a work-in-progress and go away with ways to make it sing.
Follow the link to find more details. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/writers-bootcamp.html
Don't miss the exciting new workshops by guest presenters: Workshops in Scriptwriting with TV scriptwriter Ben Marshall, digital illustration with Muza Ulasowski and Picture Books with Aleesah Darlison.
See the website for more details: http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/workshops.html
Another change for 2018 is Wednesday Workshops - we are now running 2 hour workshops on a Wednesday, day and night sessions, to make it easier for some of our attendees who are busy weekends. The Saturday workshops will continue and you will find new subjects in those.
Go to the Workshop page and follow the link under each one to find more details. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/workshops.html
LOCATION: 19 Caloundra St, Landsborough, Queensland
The venue is conveniently located just a 5 minute stroll from the nearest railway station, minutes from the Bruce Highway and only 20 minutes from the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane.