Humans are hardwired to value storytelling. We seek stories the same way we seek out meaning; in the events that happen to us, in history and in the daily news.
In this masterclass, award-winning novelist and memoirist Kathryn Heyman (Fury) helps you take a kernel of truth and turn it into a work of art: a novel, memoir or captivating work of narrative non-fiction. Whether you’re working on a novel inspired by true events, or a memoir, you’ll discover how to find the right voice for your work, how to create compelling scenes, how to find the drama in the truth. Using a mixture of example, discussion and carefully selected exercises, developed over almost two decades of coaching writers, Kathryn Heyman will help you discover the truth of your story. You’ll leave with a clear sense of how to get to the core of your idea and how to make the story sing.
Participants should read Fury before the masterclass, as we will use this as a structural guide.
Date: Wednesday 4 August Time: 1pm – 4pm Where: Byron Community Centre, Cavanbah Room. Upstairs at 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Cost: $60 General / $50Members
About the Presenter
Dr Kathryn Heyman‘s sixth novel, Storm and Grace, was published to critical acclaim in 2017. She has written several radio dramas for the BBC, including adaptations of her own fiction. Her previous work has won the Wingate, Southern Arts and Arts Council of England Writing Awards in the UK and been nominated for awards including the Scottish Writer of the Year, the Orange Prize (now the Baileys) and the Kibble Prize and the West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards. She received the CAL Author Fellowship for her seventh book, Fury, a memoir of recovery and transformation.
An Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Newcastle, Kathryn Heyman is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program and has helped scores of writers move from idea to publication.