What: two, one day workshops with lunch and morning and afternoon tea – maximum of 20 participants for each session.
When: Thursday 2nd May 9am – 4pm or Friday 3 May 9am – 4pm
Where: Pirianda Gardens, Hacketts Road (off Olinda-Monbulk Road) Melway Ref 122 A12
How much: $120, $110 for Health Card holders
In this one-day workshop covering character, voice, narrative structure, dialogue and metaphor, participants will be encouraged to discuss and explore some of the vital elements of fiction writing. With tips for finding and developing your story’s heart, techniques for avoiding dead ends and wrong turns, and revitalising pieces you’re stuck on, participants will come away with renewed energy for their work, specific tools to readdress their own weak spots, and fresh enthusiasm to get back to the desk. Participants will have opportunities for writing during the day. The workshop will take place in the house and the gardens (weather permitting) It is a suitable workshop for those writing fiction or family history.
There will be opportunities to buy Cate’s books at the workshops.
Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water, which won the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Cate is one of Australia’s most popular teachers of the short story form.
The terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important trees, shrubs and perennials with an over storey of large blackwoods and mountain ash towering over the natural fern gullies. The garden is particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees change colour to the many hues of orange, red and yellow. Morning tea and lunch will be provided by the Country Women’s Association, and there will be drinks at the end of the workshop.