Want to get your work to a publishable standard? The secret is to sharpen your own critical reading abilities first.
About the Workshop
All good writers are readers. They read extensively within their own genre, as well as beyond it. Some writers fear that if they read books that might be like theirs they will be unduly influenced. We all learn through a process of imitation, and influence plays a significant role in how we fashion ourselves and our creative outputs. But it is wrong to fear the influence of other writers; reading the work of others is a way of understanding the craft and helps you develop a range of technical skills and aesthetic ideas that will support the expression of your own voice. The key is to read critically, to read like a writer.
Most importantly, to develop your work to a publishable standard, you will need to to recognise what is and isn’t working in your manuscript. This takes practice. This workshop is designed to give you that practice and to sharpen your critical reading abilities so that you can apply this to your own work.
In the workshop we will read a range of excerpts. Specific exercises will focus on different story elements that are relevant to both fiction and narrative non-fiction writers, such as voice, backstory, openings, chapter beginnings and endings, point of view, setting and description.
Who is it for?
Writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction.
Expected learning outcomes
The value of critical reading.
How to analyse a piece of writing and recognise how/why it works or doesn’t work.
Appreciation of how other writers handle story elements such as voice, backstory, openings, point of view, description.
When: Saturday 14 March, 10:00AM – 4:00PM Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Unit 2/58 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay. Google Map Tickets: $100 / $120
Laurel Cohn is a developmental book editor passionate about the power of stories in our lives. She has been working with writers for 30 years and is a popular workshop presenter. She has a PhD in literary studies. www.laurelcohn.com