Four workshops, four experts, a detective, a hostage negotiator and a tango dancer

9 May 2019

Don’t be shy – come and hone your own writing skills this May. Take your pick from these splendid workshops:

 

SCRIPTING THE STORYWORLD: WORKSHOP WITH EMILY DUNCAN

Detective, hostage negotiator and tango dancer: this workshop promises to help you become all three. Emily Duncan, award-winning playwright/dramaturg and 2019 Burns Fellow, explains: "Some of the most fun I've had when writing is figuring out character shifts and strategies. The stakes are set as high as you want, and every risk has a pay-off. You get to be detective, hostage negotiator, and tango dancer all rolled into one." Duncan is keen to help you strong-arm misbehaving characters into place. Best suited to those who already have an idea for a stage play or an early draft. 

Thursday 9 May, 10.00am–12 noon
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library
Price: $45 

More info here: 
http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz/workshop-scripting-the-storyworld-with-emily-duncan.html

 

WORKSHOP WITH BARBARA ELSE: WRITING FOR KIDS

Fiction writer Barbara Else says, “Writing for children is a double journey. It hopes to create a voice that the young reader can trust. At the same time, for the writer it can be a way of trying again to find the enchanted inner world of being a child, of being new to story.” In this workshop Else will talk you through the business of finding the right voice and requisite bounce to capture a younger audience. She’ll discuss the needs of readers, what the writer can offer and how to focus a story, and take you through some exercises to help you establish a kid-centric tone.

Thursday 9 May, 1.00–3.00pm
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library
Price: $45

More info here:
http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz/workshop-writing-for-kids-with-barbara-else.html

 

POETRY WORKSHOP WITH CHRIS TSE

Chris Tse says, “I stumbled into poetry as a teenager, determined to spill every ounce of my angst about the world out on the page. Not much has changed, except now there's a chance someone other than my friends will read it. The years of trial and error and working on my craft has taught me a lot about myself as a writer and a person – I can be impatient and easily distracted, but above all it's made me realise that writing is hard work. The effort is worth it when that final word or phrase clicks into place, turning that mess of thoughts and ideas in your head into the next poem you can't wait to share with someone else.” Let Chris Tse help you navigate your mess of thoughts and ideas and find those sweet clicks.

Friday 10 May, 10.00am–1.00pm
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library
Price: $45

More info here:
http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz/workshop-poetry-with-chris-tse.html

 

CREATIVE PROSE WORKSHOP WITH PAULA MORRIS: THE POINT OF POINT OF VIEW

Paula Morris is returning to New Zealand from her current Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship in France to give you some tips on how to tackle that tricky ‘point of view’ thing that vexes many a fledgling writer (well, she’s also coming back to do other things too, but that sort of spoils a good hook). There’s not much that Paula can’t do – she’s one of those talented literary chameleons who can turn her hand to anything: novels, short stories, essays, and probably even shopping lists. She also teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland. All this would suggest that you’d be a fool to miss out on her creative prose workshop.

Saturday 11 May, 10.00am–12 noon
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library
Price: $45

More info here:
http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz/workshop-the-point-of-point-of-view-with-paula-morris.html


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