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In this talk I share stories about my work and life. I talk about my characters – where they came from and how I developed and shaped their worlds. I discuss how I draw (sometimes) on real experiences when I’m stuck for an idea.
I encourage students to see that stories happen every day if they’re paying attention. It’s a matter of shaping their narratives so that they mean something to the reader.
My novels and the stories behind them Humour in storytelling Ideas for stories The writing process Favourite authors/books
In this workshop, students share significant memories through writing and discussion. They use this memory as the basis for a piece of writing, exploring what happened and why the experience has stayed with them. Students discuss how to give personal stories impact. What should they take out? What should they leave? What do they need […]
This session encourages the students to use their memories to write original and detailed descriptions. They will produce and edit a short, sharp descriptive piece that is cliché free. Topics: Avoiding cliché Using depth and detail Writing what you know Editing
In this workshop students participate in exercises to help them create the inner and outer world of a character. They will make decisions about things such as appearance, mannerisms, motivations, memories, and vocabulary. At the end of the session students will have the beginnings of a new character. Topics: Ideas for character Creating a character […]