You’ve Got Words on the Page, Now What? A Group Workshopping Series with Chloe Higgins
You’ve got some words on the page, now what? Where does your story want to go? What’s working, and what isn’t? What does the editing process look like, and how does workshopping (i.e. seeking feedback) from peers form part of this process? This workshop is for anyone who has some words down (a paragraph or a whole manuscript), wants to figure out what to do next, and find a group of like-minded people to continue workshopping with.
All sessions follow the same format:
1-1.30pm: Each week, we’ll start with a round-robin check-in to see how everyone’s daily writing and reading practice is going. At the beginning of this course, participants will plan and commit to a daily practice that will involve at least 15 minutes of writing (5 days per week) and half an hour of reading (7 days per week).
1.30-3.00pm: Each student will read up to 500 words aloud to the group and will then receive feedback. This is a ‘as needs arise’ approach to developing your work. It will help you identify the weak spots in your craft so that you can focus on improving one or two key priorities. Before the end of your allocated time, I’ll set you personalised homework to work on for the next week before we meet again.
Chloe Higgins writes about the things we’re all afraid of: death, sex, love, and how she feels about her mother. The Girls, a memoir of family, grief and sexuality, is her debut and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She was also recently shortlisted for the 2020 National Biography Award, with the winner yet to be announced. She is the Director of Wollongong Writers Festival, and also works as a writing mentor. You can find her on Instagram @chloemareehiggins