Date 15 Jun 2022
Time 19:00 PM
Vision Australia Library
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Phone 1300 654 656
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Vision Australia Library is delighted to present a new writing series with Writer’s Victoria. Guided by four expert writers in their genre, over four weeks you will learn about the principles of poetry, basics of crime fiction, fundamentals of fantasy, and the elements of romance writing.
Participants can register to join the whole series, or select only the sessions you are interested in. Please note the dates for each session:
- Introduction to Poetry with Hasib Hourani: Wednesday 15 June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm AEST
- A Taste of Crime with Dinuka McKenzie: Wednesday 22 June, 7.00pm-8.30pm AEST
- Introduction to Fantasy with Kaaron Warren: Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm AEST
- Introduction to Romance with Jodi McAlister: Thursday 7 July, 7.00pm – 8.00pm AEST
Places are limited, so please only register if you are planning to attend.
Introduction to Poetry with Hasib Hourani: Wednesday 15 June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm AEST
Poetry is language that is conscious of itself. Each word and image holds a responsibility that we as writers get to assign. In this workshop, you’ll learn about this roster of language, determine the roles, and construct your own poem that does exactly what you want it to.
Hasib Hourani lives and works on unceded Wurundjeri Country. He is a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme and is completing his debut book of poetry on suffocation and the occupation of Palestine. You can find his work in Meanjin, Overland, and Going Down Swinging, among others.
A Taste of Crime with Dinuka McKenzie: Wednesday 22 June, 7.00pm-8.30pm AEST
In this workshop, Dinuka McKenzie will take participants through the basics of writing crime fiction. We’ll explore different sub genres, the basic elements of plotting a crime narrative, and crafting compelling characters and settings. With examples from contemporary Aussie crime bestsellers, the opportunity to try your hand at a couple of writing exercises, and plenty of time for questions, join Dinuka for a relaxed evening of exploring your favourite crime reads, what makes them work, and how to begin your own crime fiction journey.
Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime-fiction manuscript The Torrent won the 2020 Banjo Prize and was published by HarperCollins Australia in February 2022. Her unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize and will be published in early 2023. She is represented by Alex Adsett Literary. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers’ Unleashed Festival.
Introduction to Fantasy with Kaaron Warren: Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm AEST
This workshop will take writers through the fundamentals of fantasy, providing information and exercises on the conventions of the genre. Writers will learn to develop characters, settings and plots that introduce readers to invented worlds, creatures and scenarios, making these engaging and believable. The workshop is suitable for avid fantasy fans wishing to learn from an expert and meet others interested in the genre and for those looking for an introduction to writing the otherworldly.
Shirley Jackson award-winner Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had fiction in print every year since. Kaaron was a Fellow at the Museum for Australian Democracy, where she researched prime ministers, artists and serial killers. She’s taught workshops in haunted asylums, old morgues and second hand clothing shops. Kaaron has published five multi-award winning novels and seven short story collections. Her most recent book is Capturing Ghosts, a writing advice chapbook from Brain Jar Press.
Introduction to Romance with Jodi McAlister: Thursday 14 July, 7.00pm – 8.00pm AEST
What makes a good romance novel? It’s not quite as simple as taking two characters and making them kiss – how do you make readers care that they’re going to kiss? In this workshop, Jodi McAlister will cover the foundations of the romance genre. We’ll talk about what a romance narrative is, how to create emotional tension, internal and external stakes, and, of course, the all-important happily ever after.
Jodi McAlister is an author and academic – she writes romance and writers about romance. In 2022, she’s published Libby Lawrence Is Good At Pretending (romance for young people) and Here For The Right Reasons (romance for adults), with more on the way. In her academic life, she’s published on all different kinds of romance narratives, and is deeply interested in how romance in popular culture shapes the way we think about romance in real life.