WRITERS’ CAMP AT PHILLIP ISLAND: 23rd – 25th May 2014
What is a Writers’ Camp?
It’s a residential weekend for writers, where we run workshops (classes), readings and discussions. The program of workshops usually focuses on a mix of fiction and poetry writing. We will be running specialised camps in the future on picture books and masterclass poetry (including verse novels).
Phillip Island Writers’ Camp – May 2014 – Fiction and Poetry
Date: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th May. Arrive and settle in after3.00pm Friday. Last session will end with lunch on Sunday.
Place: The Island Accommodation, Newhaven, Phillip Island, Victoria. The Island’s website is HERE. The Island has a range of budget rooms. Rates for October will be $125 per night for a double/twin room, and $35-40 for shared rooms. We will provide more details when your booking is confirmed.
Short Stories – Does “what if” actually work in terms of generating story ideas? We’ll apply this question and a range of tools to come up with short stories you can write in the following week. Also suitable for short memoir pieces. (Kristin)
That’s the Breaks! – One of the things poets wrestle with the most is line breaks, and then with stanzas. To break or not? Why? What does a line break actually do? Why do you need to make this a key focus in your poem writing and revision? (Sherryl)
Saturday, 2.00-5.00: Choose between
Self-editing and Revision – Does your revision need a sledgehammer, a chisel or a teeny screwdriver? This workshop will show you tools to revise and self-edit your fiction to a much higher level. (Sherryl)
Verse Novels and Sequences – Thinking of writing a series of poems or maybe venturing into a verse novel? We’ll look at what works and what you need to take into account, how to plan a cohesive group of poems. Also suitable for “life” poems. (Kristin)
5-6pm – Free time.
6-9.30pm – Dinner at a local venue and readings at The Island.
Sunday: 9-12: Show, Don’t Tell – How many times have you heard this rule? We’ll show you how to really tackle this issue in your writing via a series of examples and exercises, whether you write poetry, fiction or memoir. Come prepared to read critically and write with gusto.
Lunch and farewell.
COST: The weekend will cost you $209 (incl GST) – this includes Saturday and Sunday workshops, breakfasts and lunches. It does not include accommodation (so you can choose a share option or not). We have chosen a hostel-type accommodation to help make it affordable for everyone.
THERE IS A STRICT LIMIT ON NUMBERS. We can take only 30 people. If you want to book a place, do it now! Payment will be required by the end of February. Yes, we will have a waiting list. You need to email Sherryl at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot. A full handout with more details will be sent when you enquire.