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Discover storytelling tools that I learnt while working in TV & film. Find out how cinematic story tools can make writing more engaging and fun. Filmmaking tools help with worldbuilding, imagery, detail, voice, pacing and other important facets of storytelling.
In-depth writing workshop for very keen / talented writers aged 10+ wanting to take their work to the next level and excavate the stories locked inside them. This workshop goes beyond ʻGetting Startedʼ and plunges into voice, setting, character development, conflict, plotting, analysis of great writersʼ work, and saying more by saying less.
A hands-on 1.5 hour workshop discovering the basics of writing a short story: free-writing, drafting, rewriting, detail, and ensuring your idea fits short story form.
How can you use all the odd, boring, funny stuff that happens to you and turn it into excellent stories? Author Tristan Bancks used bits from his life to inspire his short story collections My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up and My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong. Like the time his […]
All of Tristan’s talks and most of his workshops can delivered remotely via Skype and other video conferencing tools. This is a great option for regional visits to cut down travel costs. It is also a good option for an ongoing series of workshops and interactions with students. A brilliant use of the technology now […]
Tristanʼs new middle-grade novel Two Wolves is a collision of nature and technology. Discover why he wrote the book mostly outdoors, and how he took pictures of real-life locations and gathered news stories to build the world of the book. Hear a short reading, see the TV news story book trailer, sample the soundtrack and […]
One of Tristanʼs most popular talks. From soundtracks to storyboarding, movie trailers to animation, writing a book can be a totally 3D experience. See his Vision Board, which helps him create his books. Learn techniques on how you can fuse TV, the web, video, music, maps, apps and old-fashioned books to write your own stories.
Look at Tristanʼs stories by exploring the three pillars of good storytelling – Character, Story and World – and how he develops these on each of his books in order to bring fictional worlds to life. NB: Tristan can tailor talks to address specific areas of the curriculum. All of Tristanʼs talks and most of […]
Autobiographical talk using anecdotes, images, video and the Web to trace how Tristanʼs books relate to his life story. From schoolboy in Sydneyʼs Blue Mountains to teen TV actor and presenter in Australia and London, through travel and university to filmmaking and life as an author. Discover the books Tristan loves to read, how he finds inspiration […]
Participants observe, experience and let the world around them rush onto the page. The forward-motion and physical exercise bring the writing experience alive, forging new and unexpected stories. Can be done in the school playground! http://bit.ly/xror8X (Inspired by Tristan’s writing process on his book Two Wolves.)
Based on Tristan’s film, Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day at School, made for SBS Television. This session is a hothouse for world-changing ideas with lots of fun video, brainstorming and social action to inspire the next generation of world-changers. Ask us to direct you to the teacher’s notes available from Tristan.
Create and visualise stories using Tristanʼs free multimedia story brainstorming tool, Story Scrapbook. Bring together images, video, music, maps, text and web grabs on virtual pages. This popular workshop is based on the authorʼs own multimedia-fuelled approach, supercharging the writing process for people who think visually, interactively and aurally, as well as textually. http://bit.ly/Jhk46m