WIW2019 – Crime Can Pay! – Interview with Janice Simpson- Upcoming Workshop 10th October 2019 – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

Very close now to the “Crime Can Pay!” Crime Writing Workshop, led by author Janice Simpson, coming up 10th October, 2019.  Got together with her, just to give a bit of an insight into the content of the afternoon.  Sounds fantastic, thank you Janice for your time, see you all there!  Avoca Arts Gallery 127 are taking bookings now until 8th October, details below.

  1. We know you are looking forward to this workshop and have some very interesting and exciting material for attendees to play with.  Are you able to give a quick round up of the main points of crime genre writing covered? 

In any work of the imagination the creator usually works on constructing a setup that pits the protagonist at odds with others, whether they be other characters, the protagonist’s own demons or the environment in which the protagonist is operating in, for example. I shall outline a quick way for writers to see where basic conflict lies, and how this can be fleshed out to make a seamless and realistic story that is easy to write. And we’ll also talk about character development, setting, time and dialogue.

  1. To our knowledge, this is the first workshop in the genre ever held in our corner of the Victorian Goldfields! There is so much history and story in the area, do you plan to delve into local historic material with attendees, and offer ways of how to use it? 

History is a writer’s dream backdrop as there is much to research. The Goldfields are very rich with many perspectives from the newly arrived gold-seeker to the old-timer, to the present day fossickers with their high-tech equipment; townspeople, traders, bankers, robbers, swindlers, women, children, animals – all played a role, as did entrepreneurs, reporters, artists, doctors, farmers and so on and so forth. The list is endless, making this a fabulous way to set a story. I’m sure attendees will be well aware of the possibilities that this area presents.

  1. Will you be providing any tips on how to overcome writer’s block and creating a writing routine? 

I don’t actually believe in writer’s block. It’s procrastination that is the bugbear. And there are many ways to get moving, get your writing kicking along. Routines are important for everyone. Writing is no different. If you wish to call yourself a writer then that is what you must do, write. I shall outline methods that have worked for me in getting words on paper and describe how a couple of my writing colleagues do it too.

  1. Is the workshop suited to beginners, also, who have never written in the crime genre? 

Most definitely. Everyone will find this workshop beneficial: established writers, those new to writing, or for people who just want to explore their creative side for a few hours. From my experience, one can never attend too many workshops as a writer or a creative person. There’s always something someone says that sparks an idea, a new technique to acquire, a new friend or writing buddy in the room, some fun to be had.

  1. What would you say, from your own wisdom and experience, to budding crime writers developing manuscripts in the region, who would love to be published in this very popular genre? 

Good writing will always get published. As many will know, Australian publishing is flat as the industry responds to changing readerships and different platforms for reading. However, the number of crime novels that are published in Australia is growing. It’s also important to point out that publishing is more than a printed book. Think about podcasts, blogs, articles and short stories; audiences including young adults and children as well as works aimed at adult readerships. And remember, there is a market for both fiction and nonfiction when it comes to crime.

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) 

Event link for full details of content and what to bring:

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WIW2019 Follow On Workshop – Crime Can Pay! – Janice Simpson – Avoca Arts Gallery 127 Thurs 10th October

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:

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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:

A notebook

Pens and pencils

Lunch

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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Tues 6th August – Words on Wheels – Mystery Tour Bus – Adrian Masterman-Smith & Lowen Clarke

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Tues 6th August 2019 – Words on Wheels – Mystery Tour Bus – Adrian Masterman-Smith & Lowen Clarke

Experience poetry on wheels at various mystery Goldfields destinations. Lunch at winery cost.

Date: Tues 6th August Venue: various Bookings: Adrian Ph: 0433 111 068 Time: 10am Cost: Winery Lunch

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Sun 4th August – Children’s Literature Fun Day – Magical Mythical Creatures – Maryborough Guide Hall

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Sun 4th August 2019 – Children’s Literature Fun Day – Magical Mythical Creatures – Maryborough Guide Hall

Join hosts KATESCASTLE Book Emporium Cathy Schwager and Goldfields Gymnastics Maree Elliott for a fun day of games, activities, and party food.

Date: Sun 4th August Venue: Maryborough Guide Hall 90 Napier Street Maryborough Bookings: Cathy Schwager 0477 817 687 Maree Elliott 0428 983 635 or Facebook Messenger Time: 12-2pm Cost: $5 Adult, $5 first child, additional children $2 each, under 2 free, family of 4 $12 Advance bookings, register early, limited numbers. Note – children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Words in Winter Central Goldfields 2019 – Theme: “Life!” – New Logo – Josh Bowes

Great to be planning this year’s Words in Winter Central Goldfields 2019, running in towns of Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook and Avoca on the theme of “Life!”.  Dates will be Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th August and will involve all above towns.  Talented Hepburn Shire artist Josh Bowes created the logo, via Daylesford HQ and it’s a strong image with a great feel.  Check the main website for offerings in all the towns in the region, under the “About” tab up top, as calendars of events released late May 2019.  Looking forward to a fantastic winter of creativity!

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Great Workshop Session – Writing for Writers – Stacey McCoy – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

Fantastic session at Avoca Arts Gallery 127, run by regional self-published writer, Stacey McCoy, Writing for Writers.  There was no “down time” for participants, who were enthused by Stacey’s prompts, words of wisdom, and insights from her experience, keeping audience attention throughout.  Everyone learned a lot.  As a result, writing networks were identified as needing to grow to support the aspirations of many writers in the region.  Writers were able to discuss their works with each other, receiving support and feedback, vital for many who tend toward solo stints in front of the computer or page.  President of Avoca Arts Gallery 127 Committee, Hugh Forster, is keen to “grow” the writing side of the arts, so keep watching this site for updates.  Already a group of writers have set up a network on Facebook, Pyrenees Writers Platform at Avoca.  Feel free to apply to join this new group, run by the attendees from the workshop, as big things are planned for the future.  Thank you to Hugh, Stacey and all attendees who created such a lovely atmosphere for a creative and productive day.

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WIW2018 Follow on Workshop – Writing for Writers – Stacey McCoy Author – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

As a result of great sessions at Dunolly Arts Hub and Avoca Arts Gallery 127 by author Stacey McCoy, we listened to feedback, so very pleased to offer a day workshop on Thursday 1st November, 2018 at Avoca Arts Gallery 127. See details from Stacey McCoy below, and register your interest on Facebook.  Places are limited, so join in quickly!  See you there!
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Writing for Writers Workshop – Avoca Arts Gallery 127, 13 – 15 York Avenue, Avoca Victoria.
If you have ever wanted to write a book, or are writing and interested in self-publishing, or perhaps would like to learn a trick or two about story development, then this workshop is for you.

With something for everyone, some of the topics we’ll be discussing are:

Where do ideas for stories come from?
What makes a good story?
Character profiles.
Which words should we cut from our writing to make sentences stronger, and a basic guide to self-publishing.
Plus much, much more.

At $50 a ticket, we will start the day with an informal meet and greet over morning tea. Lunch and afternoon tea will also be included in the cost.

This day workshop will take place at Avoca Arts Gallery 127 (at the historic railway station) Thursday from 10am-4pm.

Limited places are available so please add your name to the Facebook event linked above, and contact me for payment details.

I look forward to seeing you there and discussing with you your work and how to make it the best it can be and get it published.

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