WHY DO WRITERS NEED WORKSHOPS?
As an editor, I read hundreds of manuscripts every year. Many have a great story to tell, but are not written well enough to meet the exacting standards set by popular authors and expected by publishers, or to satisfy the average reader.
Writing a great story of any kind requires much technical skill, but these skills can be learned. Like all professions, to be the best at what you do, you have to work at it. Many people can tell a story, but if it doesn’t excite and intrigue the reader on the first page they won’t read on.
These skills are needed whatever you are writing: short story, picture book, chapter books for children, poems, memoirs, novels, etc. Every professional had to put in the hard yards to learn their vocation. A writer is no different.
It is time to invest in your dream and take the courses you need. The cost is very reasonable. We keep our prices down because we know how important these workshops are to writers.
The workshops run from 10 am to 3 pm.
The cost includes morning tea and unlimited tea and coffee during the day.
GONDOR PRINCIPALS' WORKSHOPS:
Cost: One Day workshop: $60 per person.
Two Day: $120 per person.
VISITING PRESENTERS WORKSHOPS: The length and cost varies. Check the workshop to see the fee.
The scheduled workshops are listed below. Many more are in the planning stages and will be added as they are confirmed.
Overnight accommodation can be arranged.
The Landsborough Pines Holiday Village is just a short walk away. They have share cabins or single units.
Have a look at the location map above right to see their location. Check them out online: http://allswell.com.au/community/landsborough-pines/?holiday=1
You can book and pay by credit card over the phone by ringing 07 54 399 038 or book and pay by using the PayPal button below each workshop. Please put the name of the workshop you have chosen on the PayPal form.
CHECK OUR EXCITING WORKSHOP PROGRAM.
Our next Boot Camp is planned and the rest of the program for July to December is coming soon.
Scroll down to see the program.
We are located at 19 Caloundra Street, Landsborough.
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.
Can't make it to a workshop?
SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, AND WRITERS' GROUPS ... WE'LL COME TO YOU.
Ron Day and Elaine Ouston also travel to schools, writers' groups, and libraries to give workshops or talks or arrange for other presenters to visit.
Follow this link to learn more or fill out the form below.
Follow this link to learn more or fill out the form below.
CALENDAR OF WORKSHOPS 2018:
THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING
Polish your writing until it shines with an appraisal, intensive workshops, and personal interviews.
Turn that work-in-progress into a masterpiece. This 2 + days of workshops and interviews take you through all the things a publisher’s editor will be looking for and helps you polish the story till it shines.
In this intensive workshop, you will examine the technical aspects of your manuscript to make sure they are doing their job and equip yourself with tools and techniques to support your story and turn it 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 June 30th.
Go to the workshop's page for more details.
Tell Me A Story: Learn the Art of Effective Storytelling and Story Performance for Young Audiences. October 20th 2018.
Suitable for authors, illustrators, storytellers, early childhood educators and primary school teachers. Teachers can book this course as a PD Session!
When reciting stories to the very young, those stories need to be performed, not just read out. Learn from one of Australia’s most popular and prolific children’s picture book authors, Aleesah Darlison, as she shares with you the techniques she’s learned to engage and excite young listeners during storytelling sessions.
WORKSHOPS BY GONDOR PRINCIPALS
Elaine Ouston holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) from Central Queensland University, and is a published author of a number of books for children. She edits and sets up books for self-publishing at Gondor Writers' Centre and organises literary festivals through Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs. Visit the website for more information: www.austlitfest.com.
She is an experienced writing tutor, editor and designer, and has had many recommendations from students for her workshops.
Learn more about Elaine here.
You can read the testimonials here.
FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
Elaine's workshops are designed as a continuing course. The knowledge gained from attending all workshops can be applied to all writing projects, from short stories to a 100,000 word novel and everything in between.
However, you may choose to take only the workshops you feel you need.
Turning your idea into a story:
Exploring the building blocks that make a compelling story that no one can put down. The course includes, establishing the best point of view for your story, the importance of setting, and much more.
Waking your imagination:
This workshop will help you turn that idea into a story everyone will want to read by showing you how to add excitement, depth and intrigue.
Advance class: Creating a wondrous setting
When we read a novel with a graphic description of the setting, we are transported to that place. If the description is too brief, then we have no idea what physical situation our characters are in and we lose interest. The use of our 5 senses is very important to create a sense of place. In this workshop, you will be given examples of how that is done and exercises on creating a setting that transports us to the place.
Advance class: Creating memorable characters:
Developing strong, believable characters that your reader either loves or hates ... depending on your intention is vital. Many writers make the mistake of having characters who are too similar to each other and not well enough developed.
Humans are not the same; we are multidimensional beings. This workshop examines the many personality types we meet and shows you how to portray them effectively. For crime and mystery writers, the character workshop includes an examination of criminal types and what drives them to commit crimes.
2 DAY WORKSHOP
Plotting your story:
This workshop will cover the importance of structure. It doesn’t matter if you are a ‘plotter’ or a ‘pantser’ this workshop will help make sure your story flows and doesn’t go off track.
Writing believable dialogue:
Making the dialogue suit your character, add depth to the scene, and show emotion is an important part of making your character believable. We will examine ways to do that.
Keeping them Hooked:
What will make your reader stayed glued to the pages until their eyes can’t stay open anymore? We examine the six key things that will help you achieve that
Advanced class: Strengthening your writing:
The use of word pictures, metaphors and similes, show not tell, and the ability to create rising tension are all important tools. How to use these tools to create your masterpiece is covered in this workshop.
Advanced class: Editing your masterpiece:
This 2 day workshop takes you through all the things a publisher’s editor will be looking for and helps you polish the story till it shines.
2 DAY WORKSHOP
We examine all your publishing options and help you create a killer synopsis, perfect pitch and submission letter.
We cover the importance of having a public profile before you publish and how to achieve that, along with ways to sell your book once it is published.
Ron Day holds a PhD from
Central Queensland University, and is a published author of a series of computing text books for use in primary, secondary, and tertiary schools and colleges. He has had more than 30 years experience in teaching and writing.
Learn more about Ron here.
Whether you are writing biography or family history, the most daunting task is knowing how to structure and present your research and resources in a logical way to create a compelling read. Experienced researcher and non-fiction writer Dr Ron Day will help you navigate the pathway of your story and teach you how to harness your research to create a non-fiction narrative.
Create dramatic writing through the use of conflict and resolution:
Conflict and resolution are tools to provide the emotional highs and lows that will keep the audience on the edge of their chairs as the story develops.
Using Similes and Metaphors:
Memorable writing often makes use of figures of speech such as similes and metaphors. If fresh and original, they can lift description, add interest to any writing, and make it sparkle. This workshop will show you how it's done.
* Newsletters - Reports
* Work rules – processes and procedures
* Job descriptions
* Job applications
Those working in a business and those who would like to secure a position, need to be able to write in a positive manner that others, employers or customers, will understand and relate to. This workshop will help you develop the skills to become a polished communicator.
Technical writing encompasses creating user manuals and sets of instructions, business processes and procedures, specifications and reports. This workshop will help you develop the skills to become a competent writer of technical documentation.
Business writing Health and Safety evaluations & incident reports:
As an experienced technical writer and design safety expert your presenter will help you develop the skills to make valid OHS observations and compose appropriate reports.
Copywriting for marketing:
The intention of copy writing for marketing is to persuade someone to buy a product. Good copy writers are aware of the rules of layout, and the use of compelling language that appeals to the intended market group. Good copy has visual and linguistic appeal, and addresses the needs of the market segment. You need to build a quick relationship with readers through the interest and emotive pull of the language you use in your copy.
Writing for the educational market:
Writing for the educational market is challenging because of the need to understand the topic thoroughly, the need to be able to relate to students, and the need to be able to write the material in a way that will interest and excite the readers. As an ex-teacher, published educational writer and experienced technical writer Dr Ron Day will introduce you to the joys of this type of writing and help you avoid some of the pitfalls.
Marketing Workshop by Aleesah Darlison from Greenleaf Press
Magnificent Marketing and Super Social Media
If you’re looking for new and innovative ways to promote your book or your author brand, you simply must attend this incredibly informative and comprehensive workshop.
These days, being an author is about more than just writing books. Often, people think the hard work is in getting a manuscript accepted for publication. But the real challenges start once your book is published.
How do you get your book into bookstores? How do you create market awareness? And how do you get people buying your book? The publishing industry is highly competitive and is constantly evolving. If you want to stand out, if you want people to buy your books, they first have to know who you are.
Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published, award-winning author. She’s published thirty-six books in six short years. In a previous life, Aleesah was a university degree qualified marketing manager working in the corporate world. And now in this super-charged session she’s going to share with you the secrets of her success!
Learn tips and techniques for marketing and self-promotion including how to establish your author brand, create awareness and carve out a niche for yourself. Learn the truth about book launches, school and library visits, securing book reviews, why publishers love self-promoters and more.
Plus, there will be a special focus on social media marketing. Online marketing isn’t the way of the future – it’s the way of NOW. Don’t get left behind. Creating a social media platform is within your reach and Aleesah will show you how to do it.
Whether you’re an aspiring, emerging, experienced or self-published author, you’ll pick up crucial knowledge in this informative session. Real life, real formulas for success that can be applied by today’s authors.
Tully Combined Schools Festival -
School Writing workshops:
Years 4 and 5: How to turn an idea into an exciting story.
Maleny Wordweavers - Adult Workshops:
Character Development for short story. 2 hours.
Central Queensland Literary Festival - School Writing workshops:
Prep to year 3: How to develop a story.
Year 5 to 7: The building blocks of a great story.
High School: The elements of fantasy.
Hervey Bay Library: Home Grown Library Festival - Adult Workshops.
Saturday: Full day workshop on Show, Don't Tell and Point of View.
Sunday: Author Talk. 1 hour
Sunshine Coast Readers and Writers' Festival - Adult Workshops.
Saturday: Workshop Developing Memorable Characters. 2 hours
Sunday: Publishing Workshop. 1 hour.