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Andrew McDonald: Turning Real Life into Fiction Gold

Session Info:

Getting started on a story can be one of the hardest aspects of creative writing.

In this workshop Andrew discusses how his writing is heavily informed by his real-life experiences, whether he’s writing a fantasy story about grim reapers or a story set in the real world.

Students then undertake a series of creative writing exercises, which draw on aspects of students’ own lives and demonstrate the numerous different ways a story can begin.

This workshop is idea for middle-upper primary students and lower secondary students. It is especially good for students who have trouble getting started on writing projects, as it focuses on workshopping, writing prompts and drawing on real life experiences.

Topics covered:

* Idea generation

* Storytelling basics

* Characters and characterisation

* Writing creative non-fiction


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