Workshop details

CHARACTERISATION WORKSHOP

Inventing characters - how do we do it? In this workshop students will work together to develop fictional characters and story scenarios, discovering the basic assumptions we make about others.

CONTEMPORARY POETRY WORKSHOP

Poetry is super-concentrated language, like an entire pack of Beroccas in a single drop of water. By exploring the everyday world with alien eyes, renouncing cliché, and writing a seven-day dream journal, students will discover the fizz of the free verse inside them.

“OLD STORIES, NEW STORIES” WORKSHOP

Where do stories come from? How can we find them in our daily lives, and grow the ones lurking in our imaginations?  In this workshop we’ll explore ‘old stories’ - myths and fairytales - in order to make new stories. Using ourselves as source material - our own histories, memories, and experience - we will create new myths and fairytales that are unique and personal. Participants must bring a photograph that sparks a vivid memory, a meaningful object, and something to write on and with.

CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP

What to do when things get forensic?  Write a crime story, of course!  Students will look at the grimy backstreets of crime fiction’s origins, wield a magnifying glass over detectives and suspects, and sort the red herrings from the significant clues to pull together the threads of a convincing crime story.  Covers action, tension, and how to keep the reader guessing until the mystery’s end.  The game’s afoot…

SHORT STORY WORKSHOP

Are you a secret scribbler, a story lover, a big reader?  If you have a yen for writing great short stories and would like to learn more about what elements go into making your words and ideas really soar, come along and learn some ‘story hacks’, techniques and fun crafting tools to help you on your way.