SCLA presents exclusive summer writers workshop

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is excited to present Genesis to Publication, a special Summer School program to encourage aspiring writers and enthusiasts to develop their skills.

Genesis to Publication will be held over four 2½-hour sessions and can be applied to all aspects of story writing, regardless of the genre writers are working on.

The program will be 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.

President of SCLA, Bryan Ward said this year’s Summer School is a very special series of workshops focusing on developing a story from the genesis of the story idea to publishing.

“The Summer School allows writers to have the opportunity to write between classes so they can progress from month to month,” Bryan said.

“Participants can conceivably finish a short story or even the first draft of a novel if they do a lot of writing over the summer and they have a strong platform on the writing and publishing processes.”

The Summer School will be presented by the talented Nike Sulway and Naomi Stekelenburg. Nike is 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 and is also a University of the Sunshine Coast’s creative writing educator.

Nike Sulway said she was excited to be involved again with the wide-variety of writers that participate in the SCLA Summer School.

“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 writers, 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 opening at 5.45pm for a prompt 6.00pm start and concluding at 8.30pm each of the four nights.   Session one will focus on inspiration and ideas before moving on to Development in session two including focusing on the narrative and starting your story.  Session three will cover all aspects of editing and formatting and session four will cover the different publishing options.

Tickets must be pre-purchased and are 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 2691.

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