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Varuna short course: Introduction to Creative Writing

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Varuna, the National Writers' House

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Katoomba, NSW 2780

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Do you have a story in your head, in your drawer, buried in the files on your computer? Suitable for writers of prose and poetry, Introduction to Creative Writing explores different aspects of creative writing in the supportive context of a small group.

Facilitated by award-winning poet and Varuna consultant Vanessa Kirkpatrick.

Course Overview and Aims:

Introduction to Creative Writing is a four-week course designed for those who would like to learn more about the building blocks of creative writing. Participants may have recently started writing, or have been writing for several years and be keen to have their writing practice reinvigorated.

The course involves several on-the-spot writing exercises each week and participants will share some of their work in the supportive context of the group. While the course focuses on fiction writing, the exercises can be used to generate either poetry or prose, and examples will be given from both forms to illustrate each focus topic.

This creative writing workshop series runs over 4 weeks:

Sunday 12 November, Sunday 19 November, Sunday 26 November and Sunday 3 December. Each workshop runs from 2-4pm and will be held at Varuna.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Limit of 12 participants.

Week One: Why write?

This first week will involve an exploration of the writing impulse and offer participants ideas for establishing a regular writing practice. All sessions will involve several brief on-the-spot writing exercises, followed by discussions and some sharing of your written work.

Week Two: Writing about Place

This week explores different methods for writing evocative descriptions, including writing from the senses and drawing from memories and dreams to create material. We will also focus on the importance of precision and word choice in writing.

Week Three: Creating Characters

What we read on the page about a character is only the tip of the iceberg. How do we build up a character’s backstory, and then integrate the details most important for the plot?

Week Four: Point of View

This final week explores the differences between first, second and third person points of view. What are the advantages and disadvantages for an author of each of these different points of view? Which one might be best for your story or poem?

About Vanessa Kirkpatrick

Vanessa Kirkpatrick's first collection of poetry, To Catch the Light, won the inaugural John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize and was Commended for the 2013 Anne Elder Award. Her second collection, The Conversation of Trees, was published by Hope Street Press in May 2017. Vanessa has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and her poetry has been broadcast on national radio. She is a qualified teacher and has mentored creative writing for many years.

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