Learn how to make your work relevant and captivating – how to arrive at your own voice, and weave in the voices of others – what to leave in and what to take out, and what mistakes non-fiction writers make.
Learn how to get clear about who your book is for, and to be sure you’ve got this right. Learn the secrets of a punchy opening, and how to draw up a solid chapter plan. Find out why is layering so important, and what can you do when a chapter or section feels a bit thin. Are case studies worth considering, and if so, how might you weave them in?
Should you use endnotes? What are the rules, when interviewing others? What are you looking for when asking for feedback? What are the essential tips needed to edit your work. And how do you put together a punchy proposal for publishers?
Dates:Wednesdays 18 & 25 Aug Time: 1pm – 3pm Where:Online via Zoom Cost: $120 General / $100 Members
Session 1 (Wednesday Aug 18)
Who is your book for – how to ensure you’ve got this right
How to draw up a solid chapter plan
Working with your content
What to leave in and what to ditch
How to recognise clunky text
Why strong introductions matter
The secrets of a punchy opening
Session 2 (Wednesday Aug 25)
When a chapter or section feels a bit thin
Using case studies
When interviewing others
Why layering is important
How to keep readers with you to the last page
Essential editing tips
What you’re looking for when soliciting feedback
Why endnotes help keep your text moving
Arriving at a workable manuscript structure
Knowing when your manuscript is complete
About the Presenter
Social researcher Maggie Hamilton writes books and for magazines; gives frequent talks and lectures; and is a keen observer of social trends. Maggie has held a number of senior roles at the ABC and in publishing, where she set up and ran the Inspired Living imprint for Allen & Unwin.
Her professional memberships have included, serving on the Executive of the Sydney Peace Foundation; as a Member of the Organising Committee for the Federation Australian Women Speak Conference, Office for the Status of Women, set up to examine the future of Australian women; and most recently as a founding member of the Heart of Australia Day organising committee.
Maggie’s books, which have been published in over a dozen countries worldwide, include What Men Don’t Talk About, the lives of real men and boys behind our stereotypes; What’s Happening to Our Girls? and What’s Happening to Our Boys? the 21st century issues boys and girls face, and practical workable solutions; and her new book When We Become Strangers: How Loneliness Leaks Into Our Lives and What We Can Do About It. www.maggiehamilton.org