Most writers find writing a 500 word synopsis almost as daunting as producing an 80,000 word manuscript. But there is no way around it. If you want your work considered by a publisher, agent, commissioning editor, mentoring program or grants body, you need a synopsis. And if you are planning on self-publishing, you still need to be able to encapsulate your story in a way that entices readers. Writing a synopsis is also a valuable developmental tool to help you understand what your story is about and what you are wanting to say.
This half-day workshop looks at the necessary ingredients of a synopsis, and the method to put them together to cook up a great result. We explore what works and what to avoid, with reference to synopses by published writers.
When: Saturday 3 March, 10am – 1pm Where: Byron Community College, East Point Arcade, 107 Jonson St, Byron Bay Tickets: $60 / $50 Members or students
Laurel Cohn is a developmental editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives, with a PhD in literary and cultural studies. Since the late 1980s she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication. She works with writers, publishers, businesses and community organisations, and is a popular workshop presenter.