SCLA invites all to join summer writing workshop

They say everyone has at least one good book inside them – well if you want to get yours out and down on paper, the Sunshine Coast Literary Summer School is just the opportunity you need to make it happen!

The program, Genesis to Publication, will run across four evenings on Wednesday 30 November and 7 December, and again on 18 January and 15 February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Genesis to Publication can be applied to all genres and will focus on developing a story structure and outline, character and plot development, and the steps involved in publishing.

President of SCLA, Bryan Ward said the program is a perfect summer project for participants where they can explore writing.

“Whether you want to get started on a book or just develop a short story and learn how to apply writing techniques then it is a great opportunity.

“Participants will build on their knowledge each month, with time in between to work on their writing,” Bryan said.

The Summer School will be presented by the talented Nike Sulway and Naomi Stekelenburg. Nike’s an award-winning author of novels and children’s books, and is co-director of Olvar Wood. Naomi has co-authored a children’s book and is currently completing her PhD in English Literature. Both presenters are also University of the Sunshine Coast’s creative writing educators.

Nike said she was excited to be involved in the SCLA Summer School, offering practical advice to a wide-variety of people.

“The workshops are a great way to meet other writers, develop skills for writing and get on-the-spot feedback and answers to your questions,” Nike said.

“The program gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge with a select group of people, and give them lots of hints and tips about how to fine tune their stories,” she said.

The classes will be held in Lecture Theatre 6 at USC and will begin at 5.45pm for a prompt 6.00pm start concluding at 8.30pm each night.

Tickets must be pre-purchased and is available only as a block for $150 for current SCLA members and $180 for other guests. SCLA membership can be purchased for $35 or $25 for concessions and will qualify you for the discounted pricing. Positions are limited, so make sure you book your seat today.

For more information about the program, biographies of our talented presenters or to book your seat for the summer school, please visit the ‘What’s On’ section of the SCLA website – or call 5450 2690.

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