Join celebrated author Nick Earls for this full day workshop aimed at both emerging and published writers of fiction novels and short stories. Explore the craft behind novella writing and learn practical tools for approaching this popular writing form in a more structured and deliberate way.
About Novella Writing
The novella has often been seen as an enigmatic in-between form, adrift between the short story and the novel. But, at a time when readers have never had more inputs, novellas might be a perfect fit. And, with a good understanding of the form and the right tools, they can be deeply rewarding to write.
Nick Earls has taken three years of PhD research into 21st-century novella writing and publishing (for his award-winning Wisdom Tree series) and distilled it into one day of key information and exercises exploring contemporary novella craft and markets.
What to expect
In a series of steps, participants will work on the development of a character-based novella, applying the key features of the novella as tools. This process will examine aspects such as how to develop and reveal the protagonist in a novella, use of detail, managing plotlines, and managing the scope to get the most out of the form. By the end, participants will have a practical feel for novella tools, and will have applied them to develop a plan and voice for a novella.
This workshop will provide a defined set of practical writing tools and a clear understanding of what a novella is and what makes it work well. For emerging writers of fiction, it will provide what’s needed to explore the form, and develop their ability to write it. For published writers of novels and short stories, it will help sharpen their thinking around the novella, allowing them to approach novella writing in a more structured and more deliberate way.
When: Saturday 7 March, 10am – 4pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Unit 2/58 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay. Google Map Tickets: $100 Members / $120 General
Nick Earls is the author of twenty-seven books for adults, teenagers and children. His writing has won awards in Australia the UK and US, and appeared on bestseller lists in those countries. Five of his books have been adapted into stage plays and two, 48 Shades of Brown and Perfect Skin, into feature films. His most recent work is the multi-award-winning novella series Wisdom Tree, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a triumphant and extraordinary piece of fiction’.