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) 

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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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Fantastic WIW2019 – Thanks Everyone!

What a fantastic nine days of arts, music, writing, writers, authors, poets and storytellers! Thanks to all who helped, bought tickets, provided support and much more.  Special thanks goes to Maryborough Advertiser, Goldfields Getaway, Big Cat Print, Maryborough Butter Factory, The Welcome Record Dunolly, Maryborough Visitor Centre, Central Goldfields Shire Tourism, Maryborough Library, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Katescastle Book Emporium, Goldfields Gymnastics, Avoca Arts Gallery 127, Madam Chi Chi Cafe, and all the artists and performers.  Thanks to all other Words in Winter towns for linking us every year.  Next year in 2020 will be running from Saturday 1st to Friday 7th August, with a great line up and more on offer in Maryborough, Dunolly, Carisbrook, and Avoca.  It will be a special year for the region as we celebrate ten years. There are some value added events coming up for the year due to popularity, so keep following this site for details, and there was also a launch for Pyrenees Platform Writers at Avoca Railway Station complex, which will put on events through the year.  All the best for Spring, just around the corner!

Sat 10th August – Historic Fiction Workshop – Heather Whitford Roche – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

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Sat 10th August 2019 – Historic Fiction Workshop – Heather Whitford Roche – Avoca Arts Gallery 127

Learn fiction writing, historic research session. Informative workshop from local self-published author, Heather Roche.

Date: Sat 10th August Venue: Avoca Arts Gallery 127 13-15 York Ave Avoca Bookings: Hugh 0439 462 344 Time: 2pm for 2.30pm start Cost: $15 (includes afternoon tea) (Taltarni wines available by the glass at bar prices)

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Thurs 8th August – Crime Writer – Local Author Talk – Janice Simpson – Maryborough Regional Library

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Thurs 8th August 2019 – Crime Writer – Local Author Talk – Janice Simpson – Maryborough Regional Library

Talk and book signing by local crime writer Janice Simpson. Author of “Murder in Mt Martha” and “A Body of Work”.

Date: Thurs 8th August Venue: Maryborough Library 91 Nolan Street Maryborough Enquiries: Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 6-7pm Cost: Free (Copies of book available for purchase and signing.)

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Thurs 8th August – Upcycle Book Craft Session – Dunolly Branch Library

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Thurs 8th August 2019 – Upcycle Book Craft Session – Dunolly Branch Library

Join in a session of craft at St John’s Hall. Upcycle old books to create a masterpiece to take home.

Date: Thurs 8th August Venue: Dunolly Library St Johns Hall Barkly Street Dunolly Enquiries: Bec Clark 03 5461 1950 Time: 2-4pm Cost: Free (All ages welcome, resources supplied.)

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Wed 7th August – Collaborative Novella – Maryborough Writers’ Group – Community Hub

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Wed 7th August 2019 – Collaborative Novella – Maryborough Writers’ Group – Community Hub

Join Maryborough Writers’ Group members in a celebration of their creation of a collaborative nonsensical novella.

Date: Wed 7th August Venue: Community Hub Burns Street Maryborough Enquiries: Val Dwyer 0439 738 498 Time: 1.30pm Cost: Gold coin donation (includes refreshments)

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