Cooking Up a Synopsis
Saturday 16 November, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
Most writers find writing a 500-word synopsis almost as daunting as producing an 80,000-word manuscript. But there’s no way around it. If you want your work considered by a publisher, agent, commissioning editor, mentoring program or grants body, you need a synopsis. And if you are planning on self-publishing, you still need to be able to encapsulate your story in a way that entices readers. Writing a synopsis is also a valuable developmental tool to help you understand what your story is about.
Drawing on examples of synopses of various lengths from published authors, this full-day workshop looks at the necessary ingredients of a synopsis and considers how best to cook up a great result. By the end of the day, participants will each have a strong draft synopsis.
‘Laurel’s synopsis writing course played a huge part in getting a publisher for my book. She helped me to hone my theme and the focus of the book, and that was when I came up with the title.’– Therese Spruhan, author of The Memory Pool.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Understand the difference between a pitch and a synopsis, and the relationship between them;
- Understand what is required in a synopsis; and
- Have completed a strong draft of a synopsis by the end of the workshop.
Please bring the latest draft synopsis of your current work-in-progress, if you have one.
About the tutor
Dr Laurel Cohn is a developmental editor with a PhD in literary and cultural studies, and she’s passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. Since the late 1980s she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication. She also works with publishers, businesses and community organisations, and is a popular […]