This workshop is open to fiction writers, memoir-writers, and poets (at any level of development). Melissa invites participants to explore how paying close attention to the sensual riches of the everyday world can be used to write engrossing scenes, characters and narratives. The workshop explores effective use of imagery by close reading, a range of writing exercises, peer discussion and facilitator feedback.
When: Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1, 28 Jonson St Byron Bay Cost: $120 / $100 members or students
Working the Image will give participants a range of technical and craft tools to enrich their writing practice. The first phase of the workshop focuses on the effective use of our senses and observation to develop short descriptions for setting scenes, creating character, and writing about place. Phase two of Writing the Image will move participants deeper into the work of creating effective imagery, in particular extended metaphor; and the development of theme.
The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss close readings of selected texts, undertake a range of writing exercises, to develop and polish a chosen piece of writing, to participate in peer feedback and to receive some editing and feedback from the facilitator.
After concluding the workshop, participants will have several strong writing pieces that may be developed into a new work. The workshop aims to create new works, and to increase participants’ toolbox of craft and technique to enrich and deepen their future writing.
Participants may be at any level in their writing practice.
About Melissa Ashley
Dr Melissa Ashley is the author of the historical novel, The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm Press, October 2016), the fictional memoir of the pioneering nineteenth-century bird illustrator, Elizabeth Gould. As part of her research, Melissa became an avid birdwatcher and learned to make taxidermied bird skins at the Queensland Museum.
Melissa has published one collection of poetry, The Hospital for Dolls (PostPressed 2003); and her short stories, essays, poems and reviews have appeared in The Age (Spectrum), The Lifted Brow, Australian Book Review, Overland, Catamaran Literary Review, and others. Melissa has performed at literary readings and festivals in Australia and New Zealand; she has published and presented her academic research in journals and at conferences around Australia.
Melissa has a PhD and an MPhil in creative writing and a first-class honours degree in literature; she teaches creative writing workshops at the University of Queensland. Melissa has received research grants and awards for her work, including an Arts Queensland emerging writers’ grant, and an Australian Scholarship Award.
Melissa is currently working on a historical novel about a 17th century Parisian fairy-tale writer; in October 2017 she will take up a three month residence at the International Cite del Arts in Paris, courtesy of an Australia Council grant.