Writers On Writing / Get Writing in November with Ten NaNoWriMo Tips!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an event where writers all over the world come together with a shared goal of each writing a fifty-thousand word novel. As the name implies, it takes place within a single month. For those that haven’t written anything of a comparable length before it can be daunting, but these […]
Writers On Writing / Mark Tredinnick Talks Grammar
No one can avoid grammar. Even if you can’t tell a pronoun from a participle at ten paces, you’re still an amateur grammarian; you employ it, at quite a sophisticated level, every time you speak or text or make a half-decent sentence, even a sentence fragment. You need grammar if you want to make sense, […]
Writers On Writing / Question of the Month: So, I’ve Written 80,000 Words. Now What?
You may have thought all the hard work was over: goodbye to those nights slaving over plot lines and tweaking dialogue, farewell to those days building up to penning the final page, the final paragraph, the final sentence. Once it’s done, it’s done, right? Well… not really. Now comes the searching for a publisher, the […]
Writers On Writing / Felicity Castagna Talks Writing a Sense of Place
We spoke with Felicity Castagna ahead of her workshop with us on June 16. Your last book Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia and your upcoming release The Incredible Here and Now are both concerned with the idea of place, but seem like very different works. Did you face different challenges in writing these […]
Writers On Writing / Sue Lawson Talks Writing for YA
How do you strike a balance between recognising that young adult readers are no longer children, but are not quite fully fledged adults either? Do you ever second guess yourself and tone down or take out particular scenes or plot lines? I spend a great deal of time before I start my draft, getting […]
Writers On Writing / Andy Kissane Talks Short Stories
What is it that you love about the short story? For a few years now I’ve been writing in author bios that I had a crush on the short story, that I was madly in love with the short story, that I was still in love… I guess I love everything about short stories. I […]
Event Recap / First Friday Club: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
Angelo Loukakis kicked off last week’s First Friday Club with a brassy iPhone recording of jazz clarinettist, Edmond Hall. Hall played in Louis Armstrong’s All Stars band in the 1950s, and indeed, was a famous New Orleans jazz, Swing, and big band performer in his own right. His frenetic clarinet rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown […]
News / Writing Creativity
Creativity is often viewed as a mysterious concept—something gained intuitively rather than actively learned. Admittedly, the process of finding inspiration and thinking imaginatively doesn’t seem easily practised or trained. Even writers like Ernest Hemingway corroborated this, arguing writing was as simple as standing at a typewriter and letting yourself bleed! But how easy is it […]