NYWF 2015 WORKSHOPS

To book a spot for any of the workshops below, email info@youngwritersfestival.org

10427993_776098452513091_1871652284273504246_nErasures workshop with Hera Lindsay Bird

Friday, 2 Oct 2015, 2pm
Venue: 48 Watt Street Hall

Erasures are a form of text manipulation where new work is created by physically erasing or obscuring the source material, to create new meaning within a selection of text. Participants will be looking at modern examples of erasures, before using different materials and techniques to create erasures of their own, using a wide variety of source materials. These erasures will then become a collaborative photocopied publication. This workshop is direct from the inaugural 2015 New Zealand Young Writers Festival and was a favourite amongst NYWF staff!


Teoh_adeline_HEADSHOTFreelancing workshop with Adeline Teoh

Friday, 2 Oct 2015, 2pm
Venue: Central (Upstairs)

Being a freelance writer is the dream, right? But can you actually make money from it? And what’s an ABN, anyway? Invoice horror stories, the art of pitching, dealing with editors… Adeline Teoh will walk you through all this and more in this extremely handy freelancing 101 workshop.


Zee Khan_Zohab_headshot_updatedWord Travels Poetry Workshop with Zohab Zee Khan

Friday, 2 Oct 2015, 2pm
Venue: Newcastle Regional Library

Do you want to grow your writing seeds into a live literary performance? This workshop takes everything you’ve got and helps you push it through the espresso machine of slam poetry. Zohab Zee Khan delivers his insights, offers feedback and runs you through short writing and performance exercises. You are bound to come out invigorated and spouting double shots of poetic excellence. www.australianpoetryslam.com


Noni_Lynette_HEADSHOTWorldbuilding Workshop with Lynette Noni

Friday, 2 Oct 2015, 4pm
Venue: 48 Watt Street hall

This structured workshop offers insight into creating fictional worlds as well as shaping the memorable characters that inhabit them. Lynette Noni is an avid reader and published fantasy author who loves to share her passion for words with people of all ages. In this workshop, she encourages writers to ensure characters stay ‘real’, and worlds, magical or otherwise, remain believable.


Young_David_HEADSHOTPodcasting workshop with David James Young

Friday, 2 Oct 2015, 4pm
Venue: Central (Upstairs)

Podcasts – it seems like everyone has one! But how are they made? Do you need to be a tech genius? It’s actually pretty simple. David James Young takes you through everything you need to know to make your own podzizzle.


Nailing Sex Scenes workshop

Host: Eden Summers

Erotic content is growing in popularity. Learn the intricate balancing act of writing and nailing sex scenes in this intimate workshop. Sponsored by Romance Writers of Australia Inc.

 


Sheedy_Rebecca_HEADSHOTZine Zone Workshop with Rebecca Sheedy

Saturday, 3 Oct 2015, 10am
Venue: 48 Watt Street Hall

Get your Sharpies ready! Come to the zine zone to make a mini zine in a quiet and safe environment. Become a self-published artist as you create a zine to share and trade with pals. There will be a selection of zines available to browse and inspire. Connector pens provided.


Handley_Erin_headshotCryptic Crossword Workshop with Erin Handley

Saturday, 3 Oct 2015, 1pm
Venue: Central (Upstairs)

Ever wanted to know how to write or solve cryptic crosswords? Erin Handley has got it figured out and she’s here to pass on her wealth of knowledge. Come learn the tips and tricks of the cryptic crossword trade – a valuable life skill if ever there were one!


Wozniak_Magda_HEADSHOTScreenwriting Workshop with Magda Wozniak

Saturday, 3 Oct 2015, 3pm
Venue: 48 Watt Street Hall

Ever been curious about what lies beyond the closed door of a TV story room? This workshop will recreate that hidden world. Participants will be assigned roles and will work collaboratively to plot an episode of commercial drama. Learn about the mechanics behind long term storytelling, daily plotting, and character development – and how coloured post it notes can bring an idea to life.


Slater_Rebecca_HEADSHOTThe Pitch Workshop with Rebecca Slater

Saturday, 3 Oct 2015, 3pm
Venue: Central (Upstairs)

Submitting your manuscript to publishers is a nerve-wracking experience, and for young emerging writers it can be pretty mystifying. Never fear, Rebecca Slater was the Friday Pitch manuscripts submissions coordinator at Allen & Unwin for two years, and she has a lot of wisdom to impart! In this workshop, you’ll receive practical information and advice about crafting and submitting your manuscript pitch to commercial publishing houses. If you’ve got a manuscript or submission you’re working on, bring along the opening pages and a short synopsis of your work. We’ll use these in the workshop!


Comics with Friends and Strangers

Comics with Friends and Strangers workshop 

Sat, 3 Oct 2015, 4pm
Venue: 48 Watt Street Hall

Do you like comics? We love comics! Come along to this event and we can all draw comics together. The gang behind Comics with Friends and Strangers (an award-winning monthly drawing night in Adelaide) are coming to Newcastle and encouraging everyone at NYWF to draw with words and write with pictures. Suitable for seasoned professionals and complete novices alike.


Murphy_Karen_HEADSHOT_photocredit_Graham_JepsonDigital Poetry workshop with Karen Murphy

Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 2pm
Venue: Staple Manor, 48 Watt Street

So, what is digital poetry anyway? In this workshop, Karen Murphy introduces you to existing works of digital poetry, and teaches you how to use digital writing programs. You’ll also experiment with animating your own poems. There will be lots of opportunities for workshoppers to jump in, so come ready to play! BYO laptop.


Carr_Adam_HEADSHOTMake Your Own DIY Text-Based Game with Adam Carr

Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 4pm
Venue: Staple Manor, 48 Watt Street

Come and experience first hand the process of creating a simple text-based game. It’s fun, easy to make, and will turn your words into action and interaction. This workshop will equip you with the basics and provide lots of resources for further learning. BYO laptop.


Drayton_Dave HEADSHOTWriting to Constraint workshop with Dave Drayton & Rebecca Slater

Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 4pm
Venue: United Serviceman’s Club (aka GUN CLUB) DOWNSTAIRS

Oulipo, obstructions and limitations. Part showcase, part workshop, this event will lay down the different ways writing to constraint can improve and inspire your writing practice, and will arm participants with a number of techniques to add to their creative arsenal.