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Well, there’s a dry, boring topic for a workshop. But … no! For novelist Danielle Wood, editing is one of the most creative and satisfying parts of the writing process. Editing is where you take the raw material of your first draft, and use your craft and skill to polish it up into the most beautiful version of itself. Editing is the skill that takes you from ‘you know what I mean’ to ’this is precisely what I mean’. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to put your editing queries to a writer who’s written and published in numerous genres, and pick up some handy hints and tips to make your writing shine. Please bring something to write with, something to write on, and an open mind. 'Editing is actually awesome,’ said Somebody, Once Upon a Time (okay, it was Danielle).
This session is linked to the young adult, The Monster of Her Age, and the #LoveOzYA = ‘Love Australian Young Adult Literature’ movement.
How did this grassroots movement encouraging Aussie teens to read Australian stories take hold in 2016, and why is it important that we have a National Youth Literature in the first place?
* What is ‘young adult literature’? Brief history globally
* From Harry Potter to the Hunger Games – how YA took over Hollywood
* History of Australian young adult literature
* History of grassroots movements in an increasingly interconnected YA community – #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #OwnVoices and #LoveOzYA
* Who cares? – delving into why it’s important any country have a national arts culture, and tell their own stories.
* ‘Stories Raise Us’ – the collective upbringing of national story
* ‘Stories Change Us, and We Change Society’ – if you want to see your world change, art is the answer
* Teens to the Front’ – Aussie teens telling their own stories, and seeing themselves on the page
What does it take to write historical fiction? Perhaps you have an idea for a novel based on true events set in the past. Or maybe there’s a particular time in history that intrigues you and you’d like to write a story based during that period. Is it a real-life historical figure who interests you?
Historical fiction continually captivates us. It gives us a great story while shedding light on the events, customs, people and lived experience of the past. As we read, we learn about history while being thoroughly entertained. Writing historical fiction requires research but it’s how to organise that research and how to use it, what to keep and what to leave out, that is the key.
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