Completing a first draft is often only the beginning of a journey to publication. What follows it is the crucial – and often troublesome – process of rewriting, redrafting and crafting your manuscript for submission to publishers.
This day-long workshop is designed to explain the importance of rewriting, and will teach efficient techniques and approaches to redrafting your work-in-progress to make it shine.
Through a series of dynamic writing exercises, personal feedback and key insights into the creative practice, this workshop will review the components that make up a manuscript (including character, plot, dialogue, place and structure), and help you develop strategies to effectively improve and expand on these elements of your story.
Please bring your laptop or a writing pad, and – if you wish – your special work-in-progress. This will be a day of intensive writing, reflection and discussion, led by two experienced writers and industry professionals.
You don’t need to have a finished manuscript to get the most out of this workshop – it is designed for writing in all stages of progress.
About the Teachers
Hannah Kent is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown), has been translated into twenty-three languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award, and has most recently been shortlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah is currently working on her second novel.
Rebecca Starford is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. She is also an editor at Text Publishing and a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age, and Weekend Australian. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour, was published by Allen & Unwin in March 2015.
Where: Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy 3065
When: Saturday, 12 September 2015
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: $175 for KYD subscribers; $195 for non-subscribers
All bookings are made through TryBooking. Book here.
This is a day-long workshop. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, and there is a 45-minute break for lunch. Fitzroy Library is close to public transport, and there is parking nearby. All participants also receive a goodie bag of books and resource material to keep you motivated long after the workshop has concluded. For further information, please email: [email protected]