South Coast Writers Centre

First Time Fiction - Six Month Course

The urge to write fiction can strike at any time – and in anyone’s life. But if it’s your first time, you probably need to get answers, and a bit…

Workshops

Event Details

Category

Workshops

Event Starts

Jan 8, 2022

Event Ends

Jun 11, 2022

Venue

Wollongong Library

Location

41 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW, Australia

The urge to write fiction can strike at any time – and in anyone’s life. But if it’s your first time, you probably need to get answers, and a bit of direction, to some of the problems you’re discovering. And you will probably want to test your writing on a genuinely engaged audience. But it can be nerve-wracking to throw yourself and your writing into an arena full of feisty, experienced practitioners.

This six-month long gentle critique course is designed for first-time fiction writers over 25. The group will meet for two hours once a month and is designed to take you through the essentials of fiction writing with the intention of creating an ongoing ‘gentle critiquing and guidance’ group that will provide you with an ongoing home in this new land of fiction writing. 

The course is co-taught by Alyssa J Montgomery, a published fiction writer and Dr Rosemary Montgomery, a published non-fiction writer and successful fiction-writing tutor (no relation – our names just worked out that way). They will offer respectful guidance for the most common writing problems, and for some of the problems you have already thought about. It also introduces the art of useful, non-invasive critiquing: ‘No sneers. No putdowns. No flame-throwing.’ (Ursual Le Guin).

The course will meet at Wollongong Library on the second Saturday of the month, from 8 January to 10 June 2022*.
*The meeting on 14 May will be held in a different Wollongong venue (TBC) due to Comic Gong 2022.

The fee for this course can be paid in instalments – please contact the SCWC if you would like to arrange this.

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Alyssa is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance published by Escape Publishing, Harlequin Enterprises Australia. She also writes medieval romance as Alyssa James. Rosemary is an internationally published academic author whose Ph.D. thesis won a place in Picador’s ‘Thesis to Book’ program. She has also successfully supported and edited first time fiction writers.

Saturday 8 January 2022 1:30 PM – Saturday 11 June 2022 3:30 PM (UTC+11)

Location

Wollongong Library
41 Burelli St, Wollongong NSW 2500

 

Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.trybooking.com/BSUFY

 

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