Join author Sarah Armstrong for three terms of writing classes spread over the year. The small group will meet once a week for four-week blocks, culminating in a total of 24 face-to-face hours, when Sarah will give you practical guidance, tools and tips. Classes are coupled with pre-recorded video tutorials with writing exercises to complete in your own time.
Make 2021 the year you write your novel.
When: 12 x Wednesdays at 6pm – 8pm:
Term 1: 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2021
Term 2: 2, 9, 16 & 23 June 2021
Term 3: 1, 8, 15 & 22 September 2021
Where: Hybrid format: In-person at the Byron Writers Festival office with remote attendance option available Cost: $950 (member) / $1050 (non-member)
First term will explore how to come up with ideas, planning, how to build a first draft, and some fundamentals of fiction: character, plot, point of view, scene and summary. Sarah will also talk about how to tackle procrastination and writer’s block.
Second term will drill down into narrative tension, character development, how character drives plot, secondary characters and structure. This is the term were you’ll get individual, written feedback from Sarah on 3000 words of your first draft.
Third term is all about how to tackle rewriting and editing: beginnings and endings, structure and themes, and a discussion about where to go from here. Course participants will be invited to a closed Facebook group where Sarah will post writing tips and answer questions, and where you can connect with each other between terms. Come to this course with a story in progress or an idea.
Sarah Armstrong has written three adult novels, including Salt Rain which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. She’s just completed her first novel for kids and is working on a fourth adult novel. Sarah is an experienced writing teacher, mentor and manuscript assessor. She teaches creative writing at university, in schools, for writers festivals and on retreats. In a previous life she was a journalist at the ABC where she won a Walkley Award. She’s passionate about giving writers the practical tools to find and tell stories.
‘I couldn’t recommend this workshop highly enough. Sarah is one of the best teachers (of anything) I know. Her capacity to give very specific, targeted, positive and encouraging feedback makes it possible for all who attend her workshops to understand what strengths they have and how they can improve, without ever feeling despondent about their capacity to do this hard thing we call writing. She has an experienced writerly eye, combined with genuine care for her students. I mean, what more could you ask for?’ – 2020 Year of the Novel participant