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Fremantle Press on the road: events for aspiring authors

September 1, 2017

So you want to be a writer? September is a great month to hone your writerly instincts with a Fremantle Press author or staff member. Workshops on crime, narrative non-fiction, memoir, writing heroines and on overcoming your obstacles to writing are all on offer this month.

Committing Crime to Paper at Rockingham Writers Convention
In the past six years the Fremantle Press crime list has gone from strength to strength, with two Ned Kelly Award wins, a slew of books published in Europe plus longlistings and shortlistings for the UK CWA Debut Dagger Award and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Committing Crime to Paper is publisher Georgia Richter’s workshop for authors currently writing a work of crime fiction or true crime.

When: Saturday 16 September
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, 17 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis
Click here for more information and bookings.

Annabel Smith, Natasha Lester and Brigid Lowry at Rockingham Writers Convention
Annabel Smith will present on how to overcome your obstacles to writing. 'Most of the time it is just me at my desk, with my brain and my hands, trying to say something old in a new way. I didn’t begin writing because I hoped to be a millionaire, or because I want to win prizes. I began because I felt I had something I wanted/needed to say. And that is the thing I return to, that I remind myself of when I feel dispirited, or when I find myself writing my Booker Prize acceptance speech.'

Natasha Lester will present on how to write compelling heroines. ‘Readers connect with a story through the heroine, who should live on in the reader’s mind long after they close the covers. This workshop will show you how to write a heroine who is the heart and soul of your book.’

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Brigid Lowry will present on writing from life. Creative autobiography, memoir and life writing are genres which Brigid Lowry is passionate about. In this hands-on workshop you will be guided through a variety of exercises in a playful yet meaningful way, and given practical information about how to bring your stories to life on the page. Come prepared to play, listen, learn, share, experiment and most of all to write.

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When: Saturday 16 September
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, 17 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis
Click here for more information and bookings.

Tracy Farr State of Origin Workshop
In this half-day workshop, participants will consider the multiple connections and affiliations (place, culture, language, age, gender, occupation and others) that contribute to a writer's and reader's identity. While touching on all these elements, Tracy will focus on place and especially home. How, where and why do we identify 'home'? Does our identification with home affect our creative output, or its reception?

When: Saturday 23 September, 1–4 pm
Where: Mattie Furphy House, corner of Clare Copse and Kirkwood Road, Swanbourne
Book by calling (08) 9384 4771 or emailing admin.fawwa@iinet.net.au.

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The Bad Diaries Salon
Fremantle Press authors Tracy Farr and Annabel Smith will be joining Brooke Davis, Laurie Steed and Jenny Ackland at 399 Bar for The Bad Diaries Salon Volume 3, where the five writers will be reading from their early, unedited works on the theme of regret. Grab a drink, kick back in the courtyard and enjoy this free literary event with some superb Western Australian writers.

When: Wednesday 27 September, 6.30 pm
Where: 399 Bar, 399 William Street, Perth
This is a free event. RSVP via The Bad Diaries Salon Facebook page.

Tracy Farr Tell It Slant Workshop
How do writers take the truth and twist its elements into fiction by 'telling them slant'? Participants will celebrate the playful, puzzle-like process of meshing together facts that at first appear disparate and disconnected, and making them belong together.

When: Saturday 7 October, 1–4 pm
Where: Mattie Furphy House, corner of Clare Copse and Kirkwood Road, Swanbourne
Book by calling (08) 9384 4771 or emailing admin.fawwa@iinet.net.au