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Upcoming events

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 24 Davey Street
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    The Ink Spot Club - Making comics

    Comics can be made about anything, including your life. 

    In this two hour workshop we’ll talk about different ways to make a short comic story about growing up. We’ll think up some fun ideas and then we’ll make one! 

    Paper, pens/pencils provided (feel free to bring your favourite drawing pen if you want to)

    Drawing skills not required (stick figures are cool.

    Joshua Santospirito (he/him) has been making comics since he was a kid. He has won awards for his two graphic novels The Long Weekend in Alice Springs (2013) and Swallows Part One (2015). Josh’s works have been published in magazines such as Meanjin, Island, and The Monthly. He lives in nipaluna where he grows vegetables, writes and makes art. He has run the Small Press Zine Fair since 2014 and is a co-director of the Comic Art Workshop, an organisation dedicated to running a biennial residency for graphic novelists. 

    Website - https://joshuasantospirito.com 

    This workshop is held on the stolen land of the muwinina people. We pay our respects to the elders of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community past and present. 



    • 14 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 24 Davey Street
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    The art of crafting words into a picture book story might seem like an easy task, but if writing a novel seems tricky, then, writing the same story using less than 1000 words is tricky, too. In this workshop, Christina will show you the introductory tools to writing your picture book. How to build an idea, how to tell a story in very few words, and how to edit so that every word counts. We will also look at how the words and illustrations work together. How do we decide what part of the story will be told by the words and what part will be told visually?

    Christina Booth is an award winning, internationally published author of over twenty books for children. Two of her books have won The Environment Award for Children's Literature, and in 2020, she was shortlisted in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Her story, Kip, won an Honour Book Award in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. In her former life, Christina was a classroom teacher, and still loves to work with children, teens and adults, helping them to pursue their writing dreams and to have their stories heard.


    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 24 Davey Street
    Register


    The Ink Spot Club - 
    Making comics

    Comics can be made about anything, including your life. 

    In this two hour workshop we’ll talk about different ways to make a short comic story about growing up. We’ll think up some fun ideas and then we’ll make one! 

    Paper, pens/pencils provided (feel free to bring your favourite drawing pen if you want to)

    Drawing skills not required (stick figures are cool.

    Joshua Santospirito (he/him) has been making comics since he was a kid. He has won awards for his two graphic novels The Long Weekend in Alice Springs (2013) and Swallows Part One (2015). Josh’s works have been published in magazines such as Meanjin, Island, and The Monthly. He lives in nipaluna where he grows vegetables, writes and makes art. He has run the Small Press Zine Fair since 2014 and is a co-director of the Comic Art Workshop, an organisation dedicated to running a biennial residency for graphic novelists.

    Website - https://joshuasantospirito.com

    This workshop is held on the stolen land of the muwinina people. We pay our respects to the elders of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community past and present.


    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 10
    Register

    The COVID pandemic both isolated us and pushed us towards creativity. Poetry writing has emerged from our need for catharsis in these times of uncertainty. Pandemic poetry writing provides tools to express what's deep within and aims for poets of all levels to find a place of solace in self-reflection and self-expression.


    Expected learning outcomes:

    1. Get to know yourself through your poetry. Learn tools for self-expression through self-reflection and creativity.

    2. Confidence and the ability to harness your emotions. Embrace catharsis to enhance your life experiences and mental health.

    3. Connect with others and learn different ways to express yourself through poetry. 


    Silvia Cantón Rondoni is a Spanish-born Australian poet, writer, and visual artist who identifies as neurodivergent and LGBTQQIP2SAA. Her poetry collection Stark Naked was released worldwide by IFWG Australia in June 2021. The poems in Stark Naked reveal her transition from childhood through grief and trauma to the woman of resilience she is today. Silvia is also the host of the Pandemic Poetry podcast produced by Woroni radio station at The Australian National University.

    During 2020 Silvia also created a poetry anthology on the theme of hope during our times of uncertainty. Infectious Hope is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation, focusing on the insights and strength during the pandemic of a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Lansdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know. 

    Websitehttps://poetsilviacr.wixsite.com/poetsilviacr/poetry

    • 23 Nov 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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    Are you ready to leave your comfort zone, discover new worlds, and attain the confidence of the returning explorer?

    In this short workshop for secondary school students, Daniel Bar-Ness will introduce you to a toolkit for crafting words before, during and after your own adventures. You don't need to have had any epic outdoor excursions or have anything planned - all you need is a sense of the boundary between the familiar world and the wider world beyond it.

    Yoav is currently the editor of Tasmanian Geographic, an online community magazine that publishes narratives and reports from adventurers of all ages. The has been writing email newsletters since the dark ages of the internet, started a blog before the word "blog" even existed, and has climbed to the summit of a good handful of significant mountains and trees.

    In this workshop we will cover:

    * What is an adventure and how is it different from everyday life?
    * Why would anyone care? 
    * What's the point of having adventures and what can it benefit your life and others?
    * How can you tell an adventure in different styles, structure, and and tones?
    * What might you consider about a specific audience for your adventure?
    * What does the medium/platform matter for a written adventure piece?
    * What is risk and what does it contribute to a written work?
    * Why do we need to share our adventures?
    * How do written texts about adventures relate to pictures, sounds, and video?

    Before the workshop, please prepare 1) a one paragraph description of an adventure (of any type) that you've had, and 2) a one paragraph summary of an adventure narrative (on any medium) that resonated with you.


Past events

16 Sep 2021 The Story Toolbox with Christina Booth, 12-14 year old time slot
26 Aug 2021 Nature Writing with Lisa Gershwin
19 Aug 2021 Writing for Young Adults with Danielle Binks
29 Jul 2021 Editing with Danielle Wood - 15-18 year old time slot
29 Jul 2021 Editing with Danielle Wood - 12 -14 year old time slot
15 Jul 2021 Endings with Danielle Wood - 15-18 year old session
15 Jul 2021 Endings with Danielle Wood - 12-14 year old time slot
1 Jul 2021 Creative Crime Writing with Tansy Rayner Roberts
17 Jun 2021 Objects of the Earth - Writing poetry inspired by the world around us with Adrienne Eberhard - 12-15 year old session
5 Jun 2021 Writing for the Paranormal and Supernatural with Eleanor Coomb - 15-18 year old time slot
5 Jun 2021 Writing for the Paranormal and Supernatural with Eleanor Coomb 12-14 year old time slot.
26 May 2021 Poetry with Sarah Day (15-18 year old only session)
6 May 2021 Constraint Based Writing with Alex McKeown - 12-14 year old time slot
28 Apr 2021 TasWriters AGM
22 Apr 2021 Intuitive Worldbuilding with Lian Tanner 12-14 year old time slot
8 Apr 2021 Intuitive Worldbuilding with Lian Tanner 15-18 year old time slot
28 Mar 2021 Introduction to Memoir Writing with Kylie Carmen-Brown
28 Mar 2021 Introduction to Memoir Writing with Kylie Carmen-Brown
25 Mar 2021 Conveying the Essence of Story with Terry Whitebeach - 15-18 year old time slot.
25 Mar 2021 Conveying the Essence of Story with Terry Whitebeach - 12-14 year old time slot.
13 Mar 2021 Nature writing - a wandering workshop workshop on kunanyi/Mt Wellington - 15-18 year old time slot.
25 Feb 2021 Worldbuilding with Cary Lenehan - 15-18 year old time slot.
25 Feb 2021 Worldbuilding with Cary Lenehan - 12-14 year old time slot.
18 Feb 2021 Nature writing - a wandering workshop on kunanyi/Mount Wellington - 12-14 year old time slot.
4 Feb 2021 Point of View with Katherine Johnson 15-18 year old time slot
4 Feb 2021 Point of View with Katherine Johnson 12-14 year old time slot
21 Jan 2021 Creating Credible Characters with Rosie Dub - 15 to 18 year old time slot
21 Jan 2021 Creating Credible Characters with Rosie Dub - 12 to 14 year old time slot
10 Jan 2021 Memoir with Kylie Carmen-Brown (online)
10 Oct 2020 Promote Your Book with Kylie Dunn (online)
3 Oct 2020 How to Make an eBook with Kylie Dunn (online)
27 Sep 2020 Working with Point of View, Perspective and Voice with Rosie Dub (Online)
26 Sep 2020 Turn Your Manuscript into a Book with Kylie Dunn (online)
23 Aug 2020 World Building: Making a World of Your Own- Cary Lenehan (online)
9 Aug 2020 Patreon for Writers - Cary Lenehan (online)
19 Jul 2020 Writing Through It - With Tara Bufton (online)
5 Jul 2020 Bringing a Story to Life: description and setting with Rosie Dub
21 Jun 2020 Time Travel: The Art of the Flashback with Rosie Dub
17 May 2020 Writing Grief and Trauma with Eliza Henry-Jones online Workshop
3 May 2020 Nature Writing with Lisa Gershwin
27 Apr 2020 Heather Rose: The Basics of Novel Writing- Online
26 Apr 2020 Writing Action with Dr. Rosie Dub Online Workshop
29 Mar 2020 Eliza Henry-Jones Workshop
21 Mar 2020 So, You want to write a Novel: Getting Started
15 Mar 2020 Writing Action with Dr. Rosie Dub
22 Feb 2020 Cameron Hindrum Workshop
2 Feb 2020 Memoir with Kylie Carmen-Brown
12 Jan 2020 Dr Robyn Rowland Workshop: Living Flames Burning Words
11 Jan 2020 Dr Robyn Rowland presentation
11 Jan 2020 Robyn Rowland two day package
3 Nov 2019 Short Order Short Fiction
22 Sep 2019 Plotting Tools and Strategies
15 Sep 2019 Parliament Gardens 15th September Free Events
14 Sep 2019 Parliament Gardens 14th September Free Events
17 May 2019 Annual General Meeting 2019
17 May 2019 2019 Tasmanian Writers Centre AGM

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