Master your art
Do you want help in a particular area of your writing? A masterclass will help you hone your skills so that you can overcome specific obstacles and move your story forward. You’ll be inspired by published authors who have been where you are right now – and know how to progress to the next level. Best of all, they want to show you how. Let our industry experts guide you and show you how to get the most out of your writing.
You will walk away inspired and filled with new-found confidence to take your writing to the next level.
If you want to write fantasy or sci-fi, it’s vital that you understand the latest trends so you can ensure you are writing what publishers are looking for. In this masterclass, award-winning fantasy author Angela Slatter reveal what it takes to make it in the world of writing fantasy books.
Angela is the author of the urban fantasy novels Vigil (2016) and Corpselight (2017), as well as eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories. The third novel in the Verity Fassbinder series, Restoration, will be released in 2018 by Jo Fletcher Books (Hachette International).
She has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a Ditmar, and six Aurealis Awards. Sweet Potato Films (The Kettering Incident) has optioned the film rights to one of her short stories.
Angela will be “in conversation” with Pamela Freeman (also an Aurealis award winner and writer of fantasy). You’ll discover:
- What is happening in fantasy writing and publishing?
- What are the trends and can you buck them?
- How popular are Australian fantasy writers in overseas markets?
- Do you need to publish overseas for some types of books?
- The essential elements of fantasy writing
- What you need to do to succeed as a writer fo fantasy
This Masterclass will address the central question of: what’s happening in fantasy publishing? And Angela, who is also an experienced editor, will also be able to give some time to discuss your own projects. Numbers are limited.
Runs: Friday 21 July 2017, 6.00–8.00pm
Duration: Two hours
Location: 55 Lavender Street, Milsons Point
June Masterclass: Do I need a literary agent? - Alex Adsett in conversation with Pamela Freeman
When your book is ready to be submitted, do you need an agent? And if you get one, what can you expect?
Alex Adsett is one of Australia’s leading literary agents, and in this exclusive Masterclass she reveals all the trade secrets – from what she looks for in a manuscript to the dos and don’ts of the author/agent relationship. The field of agenting is changing, and Alex is leading the change. Pitching, submitting and working to build your career – Alex will guide you through the minefield which is contemporary publishing.
And as an added bonus, she’s prepared to let you pitch your book to her! Who knows, you might go home with an invitation to submit!
Alex Adsett (of Alex Adsett Publishing Services) is a consultant and literary agent offering publishing contract and negotiating advice to authors and publishers. She has more than 18 years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry in London and Australia, and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. She has worked with publishers including Editia, Sleepers, University of Queensland Press and the Copyright Agency, and authors such as Graeme Simsion, Isobelle Carmody, Barry Humphries, and Kylie Chan. As a literary agent, she concentrates on fiction manuscripts including Sci-Fi, fantasy, crime and romance, for all ages from picture books to adults.
Runs: Friday 9 June 2017, 6.00–8.00pm
Duration: Two hours
Location: 55 Lavender Street, Milsons Point
About our Fiction Writing Masterclasses
- Two-hour sessions lead by some of the best writers in the business.
- Learn brilliant tips and tricks on specific aspects of writing.
- Meet and connect with other writers.
- Go home with a head full of ideas and a heart full of inspiration.
- Small class sizes.
Writing can be a lonely vocation, and connecting with other writers is vital. Join our Fiction Masterclass to take your writing to new heights.
Previous Fiction Writing Masterclasses
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Imagination Workout with Pamela Freeman
You’ve got your characters and your storyline, but is it enough? Are your characters vivid and alive? Are their experiences and reactions believable? Do they touch the reader in their deepest heart?
This masterclass with award-winning author Pamela Freeman will challenge you and help you to dig deep enough to write a story with real resonance for readers.
Point of View with Pamela Freeman
If you want to get published, you simply must master point of view. By the end of this Masterclass you will have a clear understanding of exactly how this works. Chances are you know how point of view works – kind of. But what’s the difference between “3rd person” and “3rd person close-focus”? When should you use 1st person and 3rd person? Can you use both? How can you deepen your characterisations through better use of point of view? And what is “stream of consciousness” really, and should you avoid it?
This Masterclass will look at examples of the same scene written from different points of view, so you can see the concrete differences between them and be absolutely clear about which is best to use in your story. Time will be given to group discussion about issues with your current work.
Novellas with Nick Earls
Novellas are back in fashion. To learn more about this renaissance, in this Masterclass, Nick Earls will discuss the opportunities for novellas in the current market, the craft of writing a novella and how to get your novella published. Practical case studies of Nick’s works will be featured and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated Q&A with Nick in an intimate setting. All students will receive a copy of Nick’s latest novella, “Juneau”.
Short Stories with Cat Sparks
Crafting short stories is a specific skill that focuses on issues of language and structure. A good short story is transformative. A snapshot of the human condition, its concise suggestiveness engenders passion and can linger with you long after you have stopped reading.
Cat Sparks examines the elements required in creating a publishable short story, from opening hook through to closing sentence – story vs plot; inspiration; story structure; believable characters; strong beginnings, middles and ends; point-of-view; setting; conflict, and theme; tips on making every sentence count; paying markets; critique groups; how much revision is too much; cover letters and submission etiquette; rejection and how to deal with it.
Dialogue with Pamela Freeman
Every novel contains dialogue. However, “good” dialogue is easy to recognise but hard to create. This Masterclass will look at character-driven dialogue and how you can use dialogue to create vivid characters, drive the action and provide exposition. It will also look at the limits of dialogue – what not to use dialogue for – and how to use your character’s emotions to decide what to have them say, and what to have them think instead. Time will be given to group discussion about issues with your current work.