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Writers’ Week Workshops

SA Writers Centre, in partnership with Adelaide Festival of Arts, is excited to present an exclusive series of writing workshops featuring Adelaide Writers’ Week visiting international authors.

Presented by a selection of the most brilliant and provocative voices in contemporary global literature, these workshops are a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The full workshop program can be downloaded here.

All Workshops: Full Price $90 / Member Price $60

Wrestling With Words: Techniques for Effective Revision

With Sara Taylor

When is a piece of fiction finished? Though the common image of ‘writing’ involves putting new words on the page, what makes many of our favorite books and stories wonderful is the time their authors spent wrestling with the words that were already there.

Whether you tend to tinker eternally or aren’t sure how to progress after the first draft, this workshop will provide you with tools and techniques to help carry you through the revision process.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

The Short Affair: Creating Compelling Short Stories

With Krys Lee

Stephen King once said that a short story is like a love affair, and a novel is like a marriage. What then do we expect of a brief love affair? Mystery, surprise, sometimes pathos. And to fall immediately in love.

This workshop will help you uncover the elastic nature of the short story and its possibility for invention and literary magic. It will focus on the synergy between the architecture of a story, and its character, language, and plot. And it will discuss ways to revive a stalled story beginning that continues to intrigue you.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 14

In My Opinion: The Opinionated Personal Essay

With Jessa Crispin

The personal, opinionated essay has become strangely controversial. Is it exploitative? Is it just women moping about, revisiting trauma for money? Are we all drowning in a sea of opinion?

And yet we keep reading personal essays because the immediacy, the vulnerability, and the thoughtfulness of a well-crafted essay makes them irresistible.

How, then, can a writer craft something beautiful centred around his or her idea or experience, but avoid the common pitfalls of the genre?

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Members price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

The Writer as Detective: Uncovering Untold Stories

With Kate Summerscale

True crime storytelling continues to gain momentum. But at a time when anyone with an internet connection can access a swathe of information themselves, what are some of the challenges for writers in this genre? And how do the best writers uncover and develop the stories that everyone else is missing?

In this workshop award-winning writer Kate Summerscale will walk you through the process of researching and writing true-crime stories, from how to find and use sources, to shaping your material into compelling narratives. She will discuss finding and using documents such as trial transcripts and newspaper reports, and the different ways of weighing, interpreting and using the evidence you find. She will also touch on the ethics of true-crime writing — such as gaps in the records, and mysteries of character and motive — and the difficulty of deciding what is true.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

Buried Forms: Rethinking Poetry in the Age of New Media

With Adam Fitzgerald

How do contemporary poets imbed and excavate traditional literature, as well as new media techniques, inside formal poetry? For example, in the poetry of Douglas Kearney, how do we find poetry not merely as a description of music and hip-hop, but as a radically interiorized demonstration of looping, synthesized vocals, and multilayered tracks?

This workshop will explore traditional “ekphrastic” poems from W.H. Auden and others, and compare them to the New York School “performative” forms of John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Bernadette Mayer, Amiri Baraka, as well as successive generations of contemporary innovative black poets such as Harryette Mullen, Fred Moten, Claudia Rankine and Morgan Parker.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

Inventing Reality: Strategies in Creating Your Own Voice

With Yuri Herrera

A uniquely written ‘voice’ is that elusive element that can elevate a manuscript from slush pile to publication, hooking publishers and readers along the way.

But what exactly is voice in this context? And how can you create a unique one that will improve your storytelling and help your work stand out from the crowd?

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Members price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 10