This workshop is suitable for almost any area of interest … memoir, biography, personal essay, local history, travel diary, feature article – wherever your creative non-fiction takes you. Bring an idea to work on or an empty space and see what unfolds.
Exercises and discussions progressively build upon each other. These start with starting – often the hardest part – but it doesn’t have to be, especially when the right side of the brain comes into play.
The writer’s voice, finding an opening hook, sensory language and dialogue get attention. Turning facts into a compelling story is at the heart of the workshop which explores writing a scene and the writer’s maxim, Show, Don’t Tell. The workshop finishes with polishing and a look at self-editing, drawing on the left side of the brain.
The approach taken in this highly participatory workshop is that participants learn not just from the presenter, but from and with each other. For this reason, both more and less experienced writers find the workshop satisfying.
When: 23 November, 10am – 4pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1 – 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay Tickets: $85 Members / $105 General
Limited to 10 places. Book early to avoid missing out.
Graeme Gibson has a background in adult learning, principally in the environmental and community services sectors. His approach to learning is that people learn from and with each other, not just from a teacher. He also works as a group facilitator and mediator, getting close to people’s core concerns. Graeme has been presenting writing workshops, including life story & writing about place, since 2013. These have been mostly in regional areas – he likes to get around.
Most of his writing is non-fiction with a focus on nature, community, politics & their intersection. He has published essays, contributed to and edited a number of short story collections and self-published Beyond Fear and Loathing: Local politics at work. This account of local politics and community activism is based on personal experience. He is currently working on a memoir and a social and environmental history of the Richmond River.
Intro to Agents, Publishing & Pitching with Alex Adsett
In this 3-hour seminar with literary agent Alex Adsett you will access a rare behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry – how the different publishing departments fit together, what an agent can and can’t do for you, publishing scams to watch out for, the different ways to pitch to publishers (and what not to do).
Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant with 25 years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry. She has managed Alex Adsett Literary since 2008, and has helped hundreds of authors review and negotiate their publishing deals.
Saturday 26 November
10am – 1pm
In person at the Byron Community Centre, Wategos 1
$40 Members / $45 General + booking fees
Once you’ve finished polishing your manuscript, the next step is to submit it to agents and publishers. But it’s hard for any writer to know if their work is really ready for that step – an opinion from an expert is invaluable. In this consultation, you’ll be given feedback on your work and whether or not it’s ready to submit. You’ll also have the chance to discuss where your work fits into the current marketplace and be able to talk about what your next steps should be.
Supported by Faber Writing Academy
Date: Friday 26 August (manuscript sample submissions must be received by Friday 5 August) Time: Each session is 20 minutes. Sessions run between 9.30am – 1pm Where: Byron Writers Festival office, 2/58 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay Cost: $95 members and $105 non-members
Typed, 12 point and double spaced
20-pages or two chapters of your manuscript (whichever is the shorter). Preferably continuous and from the beginning of your manuscript.
A brief synopsis (no more than a page) along with genre, intended readership and examples of competing and complementary titles.
Please note Annette is unable to give feedback on sci-fi, children’s books or poetry.
About the Publisher
Annette Barlow has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, in bookshops, in sales, in editorial and for over 20 years as a publisher. Her list comprises fiction titles, including the twice Miles Franklin-winner Alex Miller and many successful writers of commercial fiction such as Kate Morton, Fleur MacDonald, Minette Walters and Tony Jones. Her nonfiction titles are mostly memoir and include Jessica Rowe, Mary-Rose MacColl and Eddie Ayres. Annette is the publisher responsible for the annually awarded The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. She also teaches Faber Writing Academy’s Getting Published course.
The Next Draft – Structural Editing for Writers with Dr Laurel Cohn
Have you got a finished manuscript? Are you bogged down in the revision process? Are you resisting approaching the next draft because it all feels too hard and you don’t know how to go about it?
This course helps writers understand the role of redrafting in the development phase of a manuscript, how to go about it, and how to survive it. Breaking the process into stages, participants will learn strategies and tools to apply to their own work, with the course format designed to guide and support them as they tackle the next draft.
The course is for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction with a complete draft of their manuscript who are willing to explore the challenging inner terrain that underlies critical engagement with one’s own work.
When: 4 x Fridays
Fri 13 Oct – Session 1, 10am-1pm
Fri 27 Oct – Session 2, 10am-1pm
Fri 10 Nov – Session 3, 10am – 4pm
Fri 1 Dec – Session 4, 10am – 4pm
Where: In person at the Byron Writers Festival office Cost: $520 / $450 Members or students
Group size: 10 particpants max. Please note all BWF workshops require a minimum 80% enrolment to cover costs.
About Laurel Cohn
Laurel Cohn is a developmental book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. She has been helping writers prepare their work for publication since the mid 1980s, and is a popular workshop presenter. Laurel has a PhD in literary and cultural studies. www.laurelcohn.com.au