with Nicole Murphy
From 7.30-9.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of every month starting in February 2014
Over the course of twelve months, experienced novelist Nicole Murphy will mentor a group of 8-10 writers. She'll help them understand the ups and downs of novel writing, provide workshops on varying skills involved in writing and offer support when needed. The aim – to finish writing a novel and through the process not only experience the triumph of doing so, but to learn more about yourself as a writer.
Intended audience – beginning writers
Expected learning outcomes – writers will experiment with writing processes and habits to find what works for them; writers will develop skills across areas such as characterisation, plotting, pacing and general writing; writers will complete a novel and have a better understanding of the emotional impacts of doing so.
Nicole Murphy has been a primary school teacher, bookstore owner, journalist and checkout chick. She grew up reading Tolkien, Lewis and Le Guin; spent her twenties discovering Quick, Lindsey and Deveraux and lives her love of science fiction and fantasy through her involvement with the Conflux science fiction conventions. Her urban fantasy trilogy Dream of Asarlai is published in Australia/NZ by HarperVoyager.
Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Cost: $435 members, $380 concession, $500 non-members (includes 12 months membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191 or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.
2013 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards
Congratulations to the shortlisted entries for this year's 2013 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. The winners will be announced at our annual Christmas Party on 12 December.
Events & Workshops
10am–4pm Saturday 1 February
This full day workshop will suit anyone who wants to write poetry but has little experience in the genre. Equally it would be useful to those who have written poetry at some point in their lives and would like to refresh their skills. There will be a wide variety of exercises and games designed to stimulate and provoke poetic responses.
Harry Laing is a poet, poetry educator and comic performer. His second collection of poetry Backbone came out in 2010. He is the co-facilitator of PoetryAlive which runs weekend poetry workshops. Harry has given many public readings and has also written and performed 7 solo comedy shows. Harry's workshops are dynamic and inspiring and always contain plenty of humour. He lives near Braidwood.
6pm–7pm Thursday 6 February
Join the ACT Writers Centre for our first Member Mixer event to kick off our 2014 program. This event is for members only and will include a talk by debut novelist Christie Thompson, entitled 'Blood Sweat & Tears: The Process of Writing Your First Novel'. The talk will be followed by a chance for members to mingle and network. Christie is a Canberra-based author whose novel Snake Bite was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. She’ll discuss her experiences writing her first novel—the intricacies and arduousness. She’ll also share practical advice for writers.
Cost: Free, members only event
Bookings: Bookings are essential for catering purposes. RSVP to 6262 9191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
10am–1pm Saturday 8 February
In this workshop, Christie Thompson discusses the one of the important elements of fiction—characters. Participants will learn how to establish 'voice', whether that be the voice of a first or third person narrator, and how one might use the narrative voice for the purpose of characterisation. Participants will also learn how to write authentic dialogue and how to use dialogue to advance the narrative.
Christie Thompson is a published novelist and fourth year PhD student in Creative Writing at The Australian National University. Her first novel, Snake Bite, was published by Allen and Unwin in August 2013 to considerable critical acclaim.