The weather may be getting colder, but the Melbourne literary scene is heating up. It is with great pleasure that we introduce our True Grit Mid-Yearprogram, designed to complement the many Victorian festivals and events, and help you to meet your writing goals.
Gain inspiration from our panels, insight from our workshops, and illumination from our brilliant tutors and presenters. With the launch of our new Young Writers school holiday program, through to our Business End webinars, and all the way to our perennially popular Refine Your Novelextended course, you are sure to find something to ignite your creativity!
In Conversation with Mackenzi Lee
With CS Pacat | 5 May
Spend the afternoon with award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Mackenzi Lee in her only Melbourne appearance. Mackenzi is a multi-award winning author of both YA and non-fiction books, and won audiences over world-wide with her trope-y romp A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. The sequel, A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, has just been released cementing her place as one of the fresh voices in YA fiction. Read more.
Writing Historical Mystery With Sulari Gentill | 15 June
Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Writing historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old. This workshop will explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. Read more.
Refine Your Novel with Toni Jordan | 26 May
The end of the manuscript is in sight, although there’s still much work to be done. Character, plot, structure, pace and theme will need refining. An ending must be devised: one that works both tonally and in terms of story structure. How do you revise and redraft? How do you tighten and also enrich your first draft? This series of hands-on workshops and webinars will encourage a forensic approach to refining the manuscript. Read more.
School Holiday Program: Novel writing
with Jennifer Down | 5 July
Ever get a great idea for a novel, but run out of steam by chapter three? Or felt like you wanted to try long-form fiction, but feel daunted by the length? Or maybe you’ve immaculately plotted and planned the whole thing, but you’re not sure what to do next. Join us for a half-day intensive examining the nuts and bolts of novel-writing—character, setting, plot, dialogue, and everything in between.Read more.