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Workshops

Writing and editing are solitary professions, but they needn’t be lonely.

As writers and editors ourselves, we know that even the most introvert practitioner benefits (even enjoys!) face-to-face gatherings to learn, air concerns and share wisdom.

 

Our courses respond to the needs of our writing and editing community.

As you can see below, we teach on both sides of the fence – to writers and editors, which means our background understanding runs deep. From writing craft to tips and tools for manuscript development, our workshops make learning relevant, personal and fun.

We offer half-day to full-day workshops all around Australia on a range of topics. See below for our current offerings. If you don’t see what you need, get in touch to suggest a topic. (You never know, there might be something in the air. The zeitgeist could be on your side.) We’re also keen to meet you on your own turf. Why not gather a group together (minimum 5), make a time and place, and we’ll come to you.

FOR WRITERS

Making A Scene - Learn how to write a scene from scratch

Evoke emotion. Bring in the senses. Show, don’t tell.

All good writing advice. But if you’ve got thousands of words of summary and no scenes, most readers are going to turn away to watch the tellie (which is choc-a-block full of scenes).

In Making A Scene, we take you through a creative process to build your understanding of what a scene is and what a scene does. We’ll show you examples, practise writing scenes and share our developing understanding in a safe, small group of writers at a similar stage to you.

Half day: $195

 

Plotting Backwards - A foolproof way to write a pacey story

If you know the climax of your novel, short story or creative non-fiction project, by the end of this workshop you’ll have structured the rest of your story. Really!

In this full (and we mean full!) day session, we question the stuffing out of your climax to come up with ideas to take the story there. Big, small, likely, unlikely, logical or outta the box, we explore them all and choose the best.

Plotting Backwards is good for writers with an undeveloped or not-at-all-developed idea and those who are stuck in their story so need to reimagine the best way to go.

Full day: $390

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For editors

The Vital Link - Manuscript development and story coaching

 

Most editors do it without even knowing. But at A story to tell, we’ve put a name to the role.

Story coaching occurs mostly between manuscript development and copy editing. But once a story coach, always a story coach! So helping authors develop their manuscript to its potential can happen at any stage of the work, including right at the start with ideas.

In this 4-hour workshop, we practise, discuss and debate tricks of the trade. It’s a practical, conversational session that draws on the brains trust in the room just as much as the facilitator’s own insight and experience.

If you like working with the people behind the words, story coaching is where the fun really begins!

Half day: $195

 

 

Scope & Quote Nirvana - How to scope & quote accurately for every editing job

At A story to tell we’re pursuing a goal called S&Q Nirvana. And through our tools and tactics, trials and tribulations we’re getting pretty close!

If you want to be confident in your ability to scope each job and charge a living wage (hourly rate) then this course is for you. You’ll leave with:

  • A scoping template
  • Two ways to estimate your ‘ideal’ wage
  • A way to calculate billable hours versus business hours
  • Clever suggestions gleaned from sharing ideas in the room.

Half day: $195

 

The Other Side – creative writing for editors

You’d like to have a go. Maybe even dabbled every now and then. But you’re an editor, not a writer ... Still, you’re curious.

This workshop is a safe place to have a go. During this 4-hour session, you will be challenged and supported to take off the editor hat and wear the creative writing hat for a while. You might find you like it. Then again, you might not! Either way, you’ll be a better editor for having explored the other side

Half day: $195

FOR BUSINESSES

Blogs and beyond!

You have a great business and know you need to write about it to get the story out there. Blogs, articles, books. All possible.

But it's not happening.

Blogs and Beyond! is one third professional development, one third personal development and one third a map to make your business communication ready, real and right.

It’s so hands on, there’ll be times when your writing hand actually gets sore.

Using brainstorming, respectful challenges and group smarts, we’ll list all of the reasons why not and let them sit there, while we get on with writing your first blog and exploring a template to write your next one and the next … And create a schedule for the rest of the year.

Why a blog?

Because from blogs big things grow. (Thanks, Paul and Kev.) Blogs:

  • Force us to distil our thinking
  • Help us learn to write succinctly
  • Help us learn to write in our own 'voice'
  • Are small, doable and achievable in short timeframes.

And last, but by no means least, collate a year’s blogs together and you’ve got a series of articles for your industry journal or the first draft of your very own book!

Blogs and Beyond! is suitable for people of all levels of business and writing experience, from entrepreneurs with a business idea to practitioners of many years. If you’re not actually writing yet, this will set you on track.

Want an active, fun and empowering start to your business-writing phase? Blogs and Beyond! is it. For linking in code blocks: Contact us for more information or to book on the next course.

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