Masterclasses by established writers are coming to the Centre! Over a six-week period, beginning Saturday 4 July and finishing Saturday 8 August, six award winning writers will offer a series of Masterclasses that delve deep into the heart of story and world-building, fiction and non-fiction, imagination and identity, research and writing, narrating and editing.
These Masterclasses are suitable for emerging and established writers who are committed to focussing on individual aspects of their writing and developing that writing further. Writers of colour and LGBTQIA+ identifying folk are especially encouraged to apply. The classes will run for 4 hours over 6 Saturdays in July and August and while you are encouraged to attend all 6, you may also choose to attend individual sessions as each class is run by a different writer, although the whole program has been developed holistically and consultatively.
Suitable for writers of fiction and creative forms of non-fiction. Not suitable for poets, essayists, academic/scholarly writers
This masterclass is designed for writers attempting the challenging task of editing their own manuscript. If you are fortunate enough to have your manuscript accepted by a reputable publisher, you will see that work undergo a further editing stage, or stages, by a professional editor, but the masterclass will help you make your manuscript the best it can be prior to submission. Similarly, if you are planning to self-publish, it makes sense for you to get your manuscript into the best shape possible before employing a professional editor to prepare it for publication.
Some of the topics that may be included in the four-hour masterclass are:
- approaches to editing
- the big picture: structure, point of view, characterisation, temporal context
- line by line: language, dialogue conventions, accuracy, parallelism, the gremlins (punctuation, grammar, spelling)
- legal and ethical issues
Examples will be drawn mostly from the work of fine Western Australian writers. You are encouraged to bring in a piece of your own writing to work on—and, of course, your questions.
Politics in Narrative with Susan Midalia
Rediscovering the Personal with Michelle Michau Crawford
The Hybrid Narrative with Rashida Murphy
The Narrative Landscape with Portland Jones
Researched Imagination with Annamaria Weldon
Check out our Masterclasses Value Pack here.
Amanda Curtin is the author of two novels, Elemental (2013, 2016, Australia; 2016, UK) and The Sinkings (2008); a collection of short fiction, Inherited (2011); and a work of narrative non-fiction, Kathleen O’Conner of Paris (2018). Aside from writing, Amanda has been a freelance book editor for more than 30 years, and conducts workshops for writers and editors.
Amanda lives and works in an old house in an old suburb of Perth, Western Australia, with her husband (who prefers not to be photographed) and an extremely opinionated Siamese cat (who insists on it).
Please note, due to limited seating we do not offer ticket refunds.