Authors from our region and the very best teachers of writing are gathering on the weekend of the 8 – 10 May for the Grassroots Writers’ Weekend at Coffs Harbour Community Village, hosted by Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group. Starting on Friday afternoon and finishing on Sunday afternoon, it’s a festival of workshops, hands-on, ‘doing’ sessions, available to everyone from school students to seniors; everyone who loves story telling.
The aim of this weekend is to provide affordable, practical workshops for the beginning, the aspiring and the published writer. It’s only $25 for the whole weekend with a barbecue and dinner (with poetry and writing slam) optional paid extras. It’s been kept at this low rate by support from Coffs Harbour City Council Community Arts & Cultural Development Small Grants Program 2014/15 and the generosity of the workshop presenters who are giving their time for free. Writers like to share their knowledge and experiences.
There is a fabulous line-up of presenters including crime thriller author, terrorism expert, and world traveller, Greg Barron, who’ll run sessions on creating the page turner, developing real life characters and share his adventurous journey. ‘What makes Rotten Gods [one of Barron’s thrillers] so compelling is the electrifying pace with which he constructs his story’, said the ABC Radio Bookworm program.
Internationally best-selling romance writer, Fiona McArthur, will workshop how to bring real life romance and family drama into writing. Fiona has written more than thirty romances which have sold over two million copies in twelve languages. She combines her experience as a midwife (and author of medical texts) with her eye for the romantic situation, all set in her beloved Australian outback. Auntie Bea Ballangarry will share her stories and work with others to create their own and teachers from Southern Cross University (Dr Lisa Milner and Dr Jenny Ledgar) will build skills and techniques to make the writers’ voice come alive. There is even a session on ‘Plotting’!
There are sessions on memoir and short story writing , writing for children and young adults, using your travel experiences to write for profit and pleasure, interviewing for and writing personal profiles for magazines and novels, writing and performing poetry, getting a little magic into your creations and researching the facts (for that family memoir or novel) and using online tools. And there are sessions on editing and the final polish, and how to get published, marketing and social media.
The Grassroots Writers Weekend at the Community Village 8 – 10 May has something for everybody, is affordable and practical. Registrations: www.grassrootswriters.org.au