Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NEW Announcing Second Series of Memoir/Fiction Masterclasses 2 April - 11 June 2011

I'm proposing another series of fortnightly Memoir/ Fiction/ Travel Writing masterclasses, beginning 2 April 2011 - please do let anyone who might be interested know. Thanks!

These workshops would be a chance for participants to work with me (and other members of a small workshop group of 6) over a sustained period in the development of their writing towards a larger piece of work - e.g. a travel book, a memoir, a novel, a collection of stories.

The masterclasses feature indepth workshopping and detailed written editorial feedback from me each meeting, as well as a lesson focussing on an advanced writing skill (e.g. structure, transitions, point of view) and in-class writing exercises.

The masterclasses are for people who have previously attended writing workshops or classes, or have already published their writing, and therefore have some experience of writing craft. They are strictly limited to 6 participants to ensure that everyone has adequate time for discussion and feedback on their writing projects.

Here are the details:

       6 fortnightly meetings, beginning 2 April 2011.
Dates:        Saturdays: 2, 16 & 30 April, 14 & 28 May, 11 June 2011.
Time:         2.30 - 6.40pm (there will be two 5 minute breaks)
Where:       Bronte 2024, Sydney

You will get: A reader of course readings and writing craft notes, in-class writing exercises, presentation/discussion of particular writing/editing skills & techniques, and one detailed written edit of your submitted work per meeting (up to 2000 word submissions per meeting, 6 detailed edits from me in total). Each meeting you will also receive verbal feedback and detailed discussion of your work from me and other members of the group. You will also get acess to a safe space in which to test out your writing and exchange ideas and skills - a community of writers, engaged in a similar writing journey. Tea/ coffee/ snacks also provided.

Course covers: In-depth writing and editing skills for fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir/ travel narratives); generation of new material through writing exercises and reading/ discussion of samples of particular craft skills; advice on writing craft and sustaining your writing life, as well as publication strategies; how to give and receive feedback/ criticism that is supportive and helpful to yourself and others as writers; mentorship of you as a writer and of your writing project over the period of the course.

Application Process & Registration: Due to the small number of participants, there will be a selection process based on whether I consider I can be of assistance to you and your writing project; quality of work; and how I think the different projects in the group will resonate with each other. Selection will be based on a half page description of your project, as well as a two page example of your writing, which should be submitted to me by email ASAP.

Closing Date for Applications: 20 March 2011 (but as places are limited, it would be a good idea to send me your work ASAP)

Contact:     For more information, please contact Beth at: bywritingworks@yahoo.com.au

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