Writing the Adventure: A Toolkit with Yoav Barness

  • 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.


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