Following the Words in Winter 2019 intro to her crime novels at Maryborough Library, local author Janice Simpson will lead a workshop which will give participants first hand experience in the genre. Hugh Forster at Avoca Arts Gallery 127 is pleased to host this event. See full details below:
Crime Can Pay! – Introduction to Crime Writing – Workshop with Author Janice Simpson at Avoca
Crime can pay! Just ask Sulari Gentill or Jock Serong or Emma Viskic or Gary Disher or…any of Australia’s growing number of successful crime writers.
In this short course you will kickstart your crime writing skills by learning what a great crime story comprises. Plot, of course, is important, but so are the characters and what they say to each other. Readers also want to know where your characters are and what motivates them to do what they do.
Maybe you are fascinated by history, current social issues, global goings-on, celebrities, politics, sport… Whatever your interest, crime writing fits the bill. It is one of, if not the, most flexible genres for writers.
And here’s a motivation. In 2019, the crime short story awards, the Scarlet Stilettos, are worth more than $10,000 for writers. Check out the various categories online. You have 10 months, starting now, to write and polish a winner!
Details below, limited spaces, so be quick!
Date: Thurs 10th October 2019 Venue: Avoca Arts Gallery 127 13-15 York Avenue, Avoca Victoria Enquiries: Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 11.45 am arrival/registration – 4pm finish, with meal breaks Cost: $50 p.p. (includes afternoon tea)
Crime Writing Workshop Materials List
Bring with you:
Pens and pencils
A list of your favourite crime authors (no more than 5)
Bring along a laptop or notebook if you wish, but most exercises will be done using pen and paper.
A bit about Janice – author bio:
Janice Simpson lives in Maryborough in regional Victoria, a landscape for wildlife and thinking. She grew up in rural Victoria on a sheep farm. Miles away from friends during weekends and holidays, she spent a lot of time imagining other worlds through the many books she found on the shelves at home and in the shire library, housed in a silent and dusty hall. Perhaps this early life is best described by a passage from her travel memoir, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. ‘I feel a stab of homesickness when I see the sprawling red gums that inhabit the land of my childhood, the place where I learnt how to cook, garden, harvest, preserve, look after animals, read, make things, explore, ride a bike, find solace in my own company’. Janice has won awards for her work, and has been published in a range of magazines. She is a PhD student on the brink of submitting to examiners after completing creative practice research regarding infant adoption in Australia. A former national convenor of Sisters in Crime, she is writing her third crime novel, Double Fault.
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