The Brisbane Writers Workshop are holding another great creative writing workshop called, Fiction Blitz on Sunday 28 August.
It's a one day course where three editors, Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank and Geneve Flynn, will combine their creative writing skills, knowledge and experience to bring together a unique writing course for Brisbane fiction writers aimed at writing hooks, exploring literary devices, characters, themes and understanding what editors do.
So, if you have a book on the go, an idea that is blossoming inside your mind, or want to take your current manuscript to the next level, I suggest checking out Fiction Blitz.
On the day, Fiction Blitz will tackle the following topics:
What the big publishers seek in a hook
Unpack lingering questions about style and literary devices
Examining the subtlety of rhetorical devices [e.g., polysyndetion, anaphora]
Characters: Quick—Make Them Stick!
Keep It Real: No Melodrama or Cliché, Thanks.
Themes That Are Not Love, Hate, Death or Illness.
What Editors Do.
But if there's something specific you would like to have covered, make sure you advise Lauren Daniels in advance so she can work with her team to meet your specific goals on the day.
On the day, there will also be lively discussions, writing exercises and morning and afternoon teas. But you'll need to pack a lunch.
And, exciting news: Brisbane author, Josh Donellan, will be dropping in for a brief time to answer questions about writing, publishing and his book A Beginner's Guide to Living and Dying in India, which Lauren Daniels edited. Subsequently, Josh Donellan's book won the Best Novel category for IP Picks.
Brisbane Author, Josh Donellan will be speaking at Brisbane Writers Workshop Fiction Blitz Course
J.M. Donellan is a writer, musician, slam poet, radio DJ and teacher. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde's grave in Paris.
His latest novel, Killing Adonis, is out now and has received rave reviews from numerous magazines and newspapers.
How cool is that!
So, if you decide to come along to Fiction Blitz, you'll discover that Lauren Daniel, Josh Brockbank and Geneve Flynn will support you every step of the way and provide a wonderful space for developing your creative writing confidence, your characters, your writers voice and expand your awareness so you'll be filled with creative drive once you leave.
Want to know more about the presenters:
Lauren Daniels, Author, Editor and Director of Brisbane Writers Workshop
The director of the Brisbane Writers' Workshop, Lauren Daniels is a professional writer and editor. Her poetry, travel writing, essays and articles have been published internationally, commencing with a '87 Newport Poetry Contest win in the USA. In June 2016, the manuscript for her novel, 'The Serpent's Wake: A Fairy Tale for the Bitten', shortlisted with The Half the World Global Literati Award.
Through the '90s, she attained her BA and MFA in Creative Writing, worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing in Boston, and relocated to Australia in '00. She has edited over 60 fiction and non-fiction titles, many of which have attracted awards and recognition.
Currently the senior consulting editor for Interactive Publications, she served on the Board for the Erica Bell Foundation, and for over a decade, was an IP Picks literary judge. She was a Youth Arts Queensland mentor and has taught writing courses at The University of Queensland , TAFE and the Tasmanian Writers Centre.
Josh Brockbank, Writer and Editor with Brisbane Writers Workshop
Joshua Brockbank completed his BA in Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012. He assessed manuscripts and compiled readers' reports for Interactive Publications and has worked as a journalist for The Westender and Brisbane Arts Guide.
During his degree, Joshua shifted his focus from journalism to creative writing. Crime fiction, realism and magical realism are among his favourite genres, with an interest in the links between literary cannon and popular fiction.
Joshua works as a freelance manuscript assessor with a track record in novels and memoir. He contributes his passion for good books and knowledge of journalism, editing and publishing to Brisbane Writers Workshop.
Geneve Flynn, Author and Editor with Brisbane Writers Workshop
Geneve Flynn is a freelance editor with a love of speculative fiction. She has edited across the gamut of science fiction, fantasy and horror; both short and long fiction. She is also a horror writer and a fan of B-grade action movies.
She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Griffith University and uses this knowledge of human nature to help authors craft characters and stories that resonate with their readers. She has studied fiction editing and writing for over ten years with editors and authors such as Leonie Tyle, Kate Cuthbert, Fiona McIntosh and Mike Jones.
She has had her short fiction published internationally, and has completed a YA horror novel, Joe Town, exploring what it means to come home.
A last word on what you'll get out attending Fiction Blitz:
Personally, I think if you're a fiction writer and you want to improve your craft, you can't go past learning how to hook readers with this Brisbane Writers Workshop one day course. It's also a great place to meet like-minded creative writing people and make friends. You may even find a writing buddy and gain further support.
Every time I attend a Brisbane Writers Workshop course, I have come away with an increased sense of creative delight, a multitude of new ways of approaching story and numerous practical tools that I can apply immediately to whatever I am working on.
The friendly team make you feel welcome and help you to develop your writing voice, no matter what you're creative writing passion is, so don't be shy, come along and have some fun at the Fiction Blitz course and find out how you can create interesting hooks in your own writing, plus heaps more.
Places are limited a maximum of 10 participants, so make sure you go to the Brisbane Writers Workshop website and book your seat.