So, You want to write a Novel: Getting Started

  • 21 Mar 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 8 High St, Launceston
  • 12


with Shirley Patton,

Is 2020 the year you plan to begin that novel? Want to get those first words on the page or that first chapter moving along? 

An interactive writing workshop for new and early stage writers. Beginners most welcome!

Exercises, discussion and information to help you identify or clarify what you want to write about, create believable characters and evoke a sense of place. Sharing any of your writing is voluntary but by the end of the workshop you willhave words on the page! And handouts to take home.

Requirements: There will be handwriting for the exercises, so bring along a writing implement - paper is provided. For note taking, bring a notebook or a laptop.

This venue has free parking at the door. Tea and coffee provided.For lunch, you may wish to bring your own or there is a café across the road at the old Queen Victoria Hospital called Tower Café ( ). 


Dr Shirley Patton is a published author. Previously a social work academic and researcher, she has been writing fiction fulltime for a decade and completed a Masters of Arts (Creative Writing) in 2013. Her debut novel, ‘The Secrets We Keep’ (2018) remained on HQ-Harper Collins’ best seller list throughout 2018-9 and was longlisted for the national 2019 ‘Davitt Award’. Her short stories have been published in literary journals including the ‘Review of Australian Fiction’ and Victoria’s Emerging Writers Festival publication ‘The Reader’. She recently completed a Young Adult historical/legend novel and is currently working on her second adult novel, set in 1800s Tasmania. A past board member of the TWC, she has also been involved with the Northern Tasmanian writers’ network ‘Write Here Launceston’ since its inception in 2016. 

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