This workshop in creative non-fiction is suitable for almost any area of interest … memoir, family history, personal essay, travel diary, feature article.
A range of exercises and discussions progressively build upon each other. These commence with planning and scoping the writing. Getting started can be 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 and sensory language 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. It’s also a democratic workshop catering to individual needs. Participants get to make choices.
Graeme Gibson has a background in adult learning, principally in the environmental and community services sectors. His approach to learning is that how people learn is often more important than what they learn. He also works as a group facilitator and mediator, getting close to people’s core concerns.
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 from where he previously lived, on the NSW south coast.
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. Another interest is Little Literature, poetry or prose responding to or interpreting, art, place or events. Real or imagined. Little Literature is not just for poets or writers, but anyone who enjoys playing words and engaging with art or ideas.
When: Saturday 3 November, 10am – 1pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1 – 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay Tickets: $60 / $50 Members or students